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University of Limerick honours Dolores O'Riordan and The Cranberries

Dolores O'Riordan died suddenly in London a year ago. Picture by Haydn West/PA Wire

THE Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan has been awarded a posthumous honorary degree from the University of Limerick.

The university conferred Honorary Doctorates of Letters on band members Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler.

Dolores O'Riordan died suddenly aged 46 this time last year and UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald yesterday presented her mother Eileen with her hat and robes.

"I know Dolores would be so proud to receive such an honour from her home town, it would mean so much to her," Mrs O'Riordan said.

"No matter where she travelled or lived, her heart was always in Limerick and would take any opportunity to return and spend time here with her family, friends and band members."

Dr Fitzgerald said UL had initially planned to present the doctorates to The Cranberries in April 2017, but promotional and rehearsal commitments prevented the band being available.

"It is with very sad regret that since that time the world and more importantly her family and band mates have lost Dolores O'Riordan and her incredible voice," he said.

The ceremony marked the end of UL's winter graduations, which saw 1,715 students awarded.

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