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Funeral of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan in Limerick on Tuesday

An inquest into the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan opened in London yesterday. Picture by Haydn West/PA Wire
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THE funeral of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan will take place in her native Co Limerick on Tuesday.

Funeral Mass will be at the small Church of Saint Ailbe in Ballybricken, followed by a private family burial.

A public address system will be set up to facilitate mourners and media and the Mass is also expected to broadcast live on local radio.

Retired parish priest Canon Liam McNamara, a close friend of the O'Riordan family, will be the chief celebrant alongside parish priest Fr James Walton and Archbishops Kieran O'Reilly and Dermot Clifford.

Ms O'Riordan is then expected be laid to rest next to her father Terence, who died from cancer in 2011.

A public reposal will take place tomorrow at St Joseph's Church, O'Connell Avenue in Limerick, from 12.30pm to 4pm, where the people of the city are expected to pay their respects.

The remains will also repose in Ballyneety, Co Limerick on Monday from 4pm followed by removal at 8pm to St Ailbe's Church, around 10 miles from Limerick city.

An inquest into O'Riordan's death yesterday heard that more tests are needed to establish how the singer died.

The hearing was opened at Westminster Coroner's Court in London and was told that a number of tests have already been carried out.

The 46-year-old was found in a hotel room on central London's Park Lane on Monday.

Coroner's officer Stephen Earl said: "This lady was staying at a hotel in central London when on Monday 15 January she was found unresponsive in her room.

"The London Ambulance Service was contacted and verified her death at the scene. Subsequently the Met Police attended and they determined the death to be non-suspicious."

He continued: "A post-mortem has now been carried out and the court is awaiting results of various tests that have been commissioned".

Coroner Shirley Radcliffe adjourned the hearing until April 3 when a date for the full inquest will be set. No family were present at the court.

A book of condolence was opened in Limerick on Tuesday and the singer's heartbroken mother Eileen has paid tribute to those who have sympathised with the family since her death.

"We want to thank all the people of Limerick who have remembered Dolores this week," she told the Limerick Leader.

"The people who queued to sign the book of condolences - some of them standing in the rain - it has meant a huge amount to us and has been a great source of comfort."

O'Riordan was renowned for her distinctive singing voice and The Cranberries enjoyed huge success in the 1990s.

The singer had been in London to record a cover of Zombie with hard rock band Bad Wolves.

Cranberries bandmates Noel Hogan, Fergal Lawler and Mike Hogan said they were "devastated" by the her death, adding that "the world has lost a true artist".

In 2014, O'Riordan split from her husband of 20 years, former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton. They have three children together.

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