IRA bomb victim's father pays tribute to Cranberries singer

Warrington IRA bomb victims Johnathan Ball (left) and Tim Parry

THE father of Tim Parry - one of the Warrington bomb victims - has paid tribute to Dolores O'Riordan following her sudden death in London.

The lead singer of The Cranberries was found dead on Monday, aged 46, at the Hilton in Park Lane.

Mr Parry's son Tim was one of two boys killed in the attack in Warrington in 1993.

The 12-year-old schoolboy and three-year-old Johnathan Ball died when bombs planted in litter bins in the town's main shopping area exploded.

Mr Parry and his wife Wendy have become committed peace campaigners since the death of their son, setting up and operating a charitable reconciliation centre in Warrington - The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.

The Cranberries recorded the song Zombie in 1994 is in memory of the two boys.

Mr Parry said he only realised O'Riordan had composed the song in memory of the event in Warrington after learning of her death.

"I was completely unaware what it was about. My wife came home from the police centre where she worked and told me the news," he told the BBC's Good Morning Ulster programme.

"I got the song up on my laptop, watched the band singing, saw Dolores and listened to the words. The words are both majestic and also very real."

The Warrington bomb, he said, like the many events that happened over Ireland and Britain, "affected families in a very real way and many people have become immune to the pain and suffering that so many people experienced during that armed campaign".

"To read the words written by an Irish band in such compelling way was very, very powerful," Mr Parry said.

"I likened it to the enormous amount of mail expressing huge sympathy that we received in the days, weeks and months following our loss. Proportionately a very high total of that total came from the island of Ireland."

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