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Thousands Pay Respects To Cranberries Star Dolores O'Riordan

Thousands of people have gathered at a church in Ireland to remember the life of Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan.

Fans young and old, many clutching white roses and daffodils, streamed to St Joseph's Church in Limerick where a public reposal was held on Sunday.

Hundreds of Munster Rugby fans also arrived at the church to pay their respects after their crunch European tie was postponed.

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Large crowds lined the road outside for most of the afternoon as they waited patiently to get into the church.

O'Riordan's distinctive voice filled the building as her songs were softly played throughout the service.

A floral tribute beside her open coffin read: "The song has ended, but the memories linger on."

Photographs of the Irish singer performing and one of her with the Pope, were placed along the church walls.

Four books of condolence were also opened inside the church for mourners to sign.

The public reposal was the first in a series of services before the funeral mass in the Church of Saint Ailbe in Ballybricken, Co Limerick.

The funeral mass was broadcast live by Limerick's local radio station.

Tuesday's service was then followed by a private family burial.

O'Riordan was in London to discuss plans for the band's latest album when she was found dead in a hotel.

The 46 year-old, who was also a member of alternative rock group D.A.R.K, had been working on a new studio album with The Cranberries in the months before her death and was expected to discuss its scheduled release with record label BMG while in England.

A number of tests have been carried out to establish the cause of the musician's death, an inquest heard on Friday before it was adjourned until April 3.

Sales and streams of the band's back catalogue have rocketed by 1000 per cent in the days since her death.

The singer was renowned for her distinctive voice and the band enjoyed huge success in the 1990s with tracks including Zombie and Linger.

AAP

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