Dolores O’Riordan: instrumental in Northern Irish peace. RIP

Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries died today. I didn’t know a great deal about her, but some of the music she wrote was the instantly memorable background to life at the time.

A friend of mine who is very familiar with events in Northern Ireland at the time just told me that her track ‘Zombie’ was ‘instrumental in creating the atmosphere for the PIRA ceasefire’ [of 1994].

That seems as fitting a tribute as any imaginable to a great woman and one that I haven’t yet heard mentioned in the coverage of her death. Here’s one of many tweets with that haunting track, so you can hear it for yourself:

RIP. Deepest condolences to her family and friends.


  1. The video accompanying this track is very powerful indeed. RIP Dolores and my condolences to her family and friends. As bebbingtonmark comments, ‘what an amazing legacy’.

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