By David Raleigh
The Liam MacCarthy Cup has paid an emotional visit to the family of the late rock star and frontwoman of Limerick band the Cranberries.
O’Riordan’s hit 'Dreams' was played in Croke Park last Sunday, as tens of thousands of Limerick supporters celebrated the county's first All Ireland hurling title in forty-five years.
The Cranberries music also featured at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, during last Monday’s homecoming celebrations for the triumphant Shannonside hurlers.
Last evening the Liam MacCarthy cup was driven by car to O’Riordan’s home in Ballybricken, where the singer’s mother Eileen, her siblings, and her wider family, posed for photographs with the historic trophy.
Eileen, a dedicated mass-goer, joked the cup would make a great vase for flowers on the local church altar.
“(It would) fit in front of the altar for the flowers for Sunday…down in the ground like that…I’ll put him…just the (right) size,” she added.
Eileen was joined by dozens of family members friends and neighbour's at her modest rural cottage where her late superstar daughter would often retreat from the glare of the world’s media.
The 46-year old mother of three was found dead in her room at the London Hilton on Park Lane on January 15th.
She was laid to rest in Friarstown, a few miles from her mother’s home on January 23.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader last evening at her home, Eileen said Dolores was an avid GAA fan.
“She used to be hurling with the boys. She was a great hurler. Oh, she was tough,” she said.
“She is crossing my mind all the time today - but not in a sad way. It’s pity she isn’t here.”
“She would be singing,” she added.
Eileen was later joined by family, friends, and neighbour's, in performing an emotional version of Limerick’s hurling anthem, “Limerick, You're A Lady.”
Meanwhile, the Limerick hurling heroes and their management team are continuing to tour the city and county with the coveted cup.