Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O'Riordan

Rock Singer

Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. She was best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist for the alternative rock band the Cranberries.

Full Name
Sep 6, 1971
Jan 15, 2018
5′ 2″
Net Worth


Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was born on September 6, 1971, in Limerick, Ireland. She was the youngest of seven children and the daughter of Terence and Eileen O’Riordan. Dolores attended Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, a Catholic school in Limerick city. 

O’Riordan started her music career at age 18 when she joined the rock band The Cranberries as their lead singer in 1989. In 1993, The Cranberries released their debut album called “Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We” which became an instant success and achieved multi-platinum status around the world. After releasing a few more successful albums with The Cranberries, she decided to pursue a solo career in 2003 and released her first solo album “Are You Listening?” which peaked at number 1 on Irish Albums Chart. In addition to her musical career, O’Riordan also acted in several films including Man on the Train (2002) and Click (2006). 

In 2014, she reunited with The Cranberries for an acoustic tour and released the band's sixth studio album “Something Else” in 2017. Sadly, Dolores O'Riordan passed away unexpectedly on January 15th 2018 due to drowning caused by alcohol intoxication. She will always be remembered as one of the most influential female rock singers of all time.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1971</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Dolores O'Riordan is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On September 6, 1971, Dolores O'Riordan was born in Limerick, Ireland.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1989</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Forms the Band The Cranberries</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">O'Riordan forms the band The Cranberries with Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1993</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">The Cranberries Release 1st Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">The band releases their debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1994</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">The Cranberries Reach No.1 on Billboard Charts</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">The single "Zombie" reached No.1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2002</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Solo Album is Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">O'Riordan released her first solo album Are You Listening?.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2009</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Reunion Tour with The Cranberries</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">O'Riordan embarks on a world tour with The Cranberries for their 20th anniversary.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Dolores O'Riordan Passes Away</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On January 15, 2018, Dolores O'Riordan passed away at the age of 46.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She was a Pioneering Artist</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Dolores O'Riordan was a pioneering artist who helped revolutionize the sound of alternative rock, blending Celtic music and punk sensibilities to create a unique and groundbreaking sound. Her influence can still be felt in modern rock music today.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She was an Inspiration</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Dolores O'Riordan was an inspiration to many with her honest and heartfelt lyrics that spoke to the human condition. Her songs provided solace and hope to those struggling with their mental health and other personal issues.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She was a Great Performer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Dolores O'Riordan was an incredible performer, captivating audiences around the world with her powerful voice, intense emotion, and sheer energy. Her live performances were truly unforgettable.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Founding Member of The Cranberries</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dolores O'Riordan was the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Cranberries from 1989 to 2003. She was a founding member of the group and wrote the majority of the band's songs.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Career Post The Cranberries</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">After leaving The Cranberries, Dolores pursued a solo career releasing two albums and also collaborated with other bands such as Zucchero and B.A.N.K.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Humanitarian Work</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dolores was an active supporter of many charities throughout her life, donating proceeds from her music to aid those in need. She was a patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Native Language</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Dolores was born in Limerick, Ireland and spoke Irish Gaelic as her native language. She learned English at school and spoke both languages fluently.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Guinness World Record</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2007, Dolores set a Guinness World Record for the most radio interviews conducted by a musician within 24 hours. She completed 83 interviews in 23 different countries.</p></div>


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