RIP Dolores O’Riordan

In 1995 when the Cranberries were selling albums as fast as they could be manufactured, the Cranberries biggest show at home on the the No Need to Argue Tour was in  Millstreet. They shook the Green Glens that night, before resting in Limerick for a few weeks ahead of two months touring in Europe and the USA.

Four years later, their next Irish gig was also in Millstreet, and it was another fabulous night in the Green Glens, as they played all the crowd favourites mixed with new songs. Endearing happy memories of two special nights in Millstreet, which vividly stick in the minds as for many it was their first big concert (see comments below).

So it is with sadness that we hear of the death of lead singer Dolores O’Riordan this evening. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family and friends.

 

 

 

You can hear the interview with Ralph (as mentioned above) in the C103 podcast for the Today Show January 16th 2018 here (from 31:10). (millstreet.ie even got a mention)

 

 

 

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Millstreet rocks as Cranberries savour a home gig

CRANBERRIES are best at Christmas, as Dolores O’Riordan and her chart-topping band proved by a scintillating performance at Millstreet’s Green Glens Arena.The Cranberries – making their first Irish concert appearence in almost two years – on Saturday night savoured a brilliantly-lit set, some enthusiastic Shannonside support from D’Unbelievables and a crowd thrilled simply to hear their heroes.

With D’Unbelievables raising the tempo, The Cranberries clearly viewed the North Cork equestrian arena as a “home” gig. Limerick, after all, is a mere 15 miles away.

At 9 pm the sell-out crowd’s anticipation was finally ended when Dolores – wearing a blue and pink mini-skirt, fashion top and black boots – raced on stage.

FAVOURITES

Taking their cue from the crowd’s exuberance, The Cranberries rocked their way through a selection of favourites and new material.

If anything, the ‘Berries demonstrated just how long it’s been since an Irish audience was able to fully appreciate the true talents boasted by this Limerick band.

But perhaps the highlight of the gig came with a wonderfully atmospheric acoustic number with Dolores showing motherhood has, if anything, enhanced her fabulous vocals.

The band can now face into a quiet Christmas before, in the New Year, resuming a hectic worldwide tour to promote their new album.

The gig was hosted in Millstreet because of the unavailability of a suitable Dublin venue.

But, for once, Dublin’s loss was most certainly rural Ireland’s gain [Irish Independent – December 13 1999]

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The Cranberries Millstreet Gigs [1]:

  • 4th June 1995 – No Need to Argue Tour
  • 11th December 1999 – Loud and Clear World Tour

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