Cranberries continue to enjoy taste of success

More than 20 years after forming, Limerick band The Cranberries, fronted by Dolores O’Riordan, continue to profit from their music.

Figures for the band’s Curtain Call Ltd show the band recorded profits of €71,973 in the 12 months to the end of Dec 2011.

This followed the Limerick-based company recording profits of €248,183 in 2010, a year after the group recommenced touring after a hiatus of six years.

The firm’s accumulated profits rose from €206,837 to €278,810 in 2011. Its cash during the period increased from €53,116 to €104,293.

Separate figures for a subsidiary, All Round Touring Ltd, recorded a profit of €102,770 in 2011 after recording losses of €84,751 in 2010.

The band was formed in 1989 and secured mainstream success with their breakthrough hit, ‘Linger’ in 1993.

The band’s debut album, Everybody Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We sold more than 5m copies in the US.

The band — which also includes members, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan, and Fergal Lawler — went on to sell 15m albums in the US and 40m worldwide.

All four members have a 25% shareholding in Curtain Call Ltd, with the Hogans giving Limerick City addresses, Lawler living in Cratloe, Co Clare, and O’Riordan supplying an address from Grange, Co Limerick.

The band took a break from recording and touring in 2003, with O’Riordan saying: “It had become too much of a compromise. At the end of the day, I was very much feeling like a product… Eventually, it becomes very much a ball and chain situation and I got tired of it. I wanted to be free of that collar.”

However, the band reunited in 2009 to commence a North American tour, followed by dates in Latin America and Europe in early 2010.

The band reunited in 2009 after O’Riordan played a set with the Hogan brothers at Trinity College in Dublin, where the college’s Philosophical Society had made O’Riordan an honorary patron.

The band recorded their sixth album, Roses in May 2011 and released it in Feb 2012.

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