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I try to think about optimism. I try to look at the beautiful things in life

Perhaps best known as the lead singer of globally renowned rock band The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan’s unmistakable voice and powerful stage presence propelled her to international fame.

Dolores was born in County Limerick, Ireland in a traditionally Catholic home and spent her early years neglecting her education in favour of listening to, writing and singing songs. Despite becoming a head girl at school, she left with no qualifications but had set her sights firmly on the musical life.

In 1989, two brothers from Limerick, Mike and Noel Hogan, formed a band with drummer Fergal Lawler and singer Niall Quinn named The Cranberry Saw Us. Less than a year in though, Quinn had decided to leave and the band were advertising for a female singer. After a “jaw dropping” audition, Dolores joined the band who shortly afterwards renamed themselves as The Cranberries.
To date The Cranberries have sold over 40 million records, achieving four top 20 album sales on the Billboard 200 chart and eight top 20 singles on the Modern Rock Charts. With Dolores at the helm they became one of the most successful Irish music acts of all time and true rock legends in their own right. Following her untimely death in 2018, the surviving members of The Cranberries announced they would be disbanding following the release of their final album in 2019, out of respect for Dolores O’Riordan.