The singer’s life was celebrated at a service led by Canon Liam McNamara at St Ailbe’s Church in her hometown of Ballybricken, County Limerick.
Along with the private service, radio stations across Ireland marked the 46-year-old’s passing by simultaneously playing The Cranberries’ 1996 hit, ‘When You’re Gone’.
Several symbolic items from O’Riordan’s life including a guitar and a platinum disc were brought to the altar as Canon McNamara paid tribute.
“It is our sincere prayer that our beloved Dolores is now re-united with her father, Terry, her baby brother, Gerard, grandparents, relatives and friends, in the presence of the Lord and Our Lady of Dolours in the heavenly kingdom, where there is no more pain or suffering or separations, but only joy and peace for all eternity,” he reportedly said.
“If tears are shed in heaven – by necessity they are tears of joy.”
O’Riordan will be buried beside her late father, Terence, in a private ceremony at the nearby Caherelly cemetery.
Her death was announced last week after her body was discovered in a London hotel room. The Metropolitan Police subsequently confirmed that her death is not being treated as suspicious.
Thousands of O’Riordan’s fans subsequently flocked to her native Limerick County after three days of mourning were announced.
Her body was laid in open coffin for a four-hour public reposing at St Joseph’s Church earlier today (January 21). It is a tradition usually used only for Presidents, Popes, and heads of State.
Next to the singer’s coffin lay a floral tribute from her Cranberries bandmates, which read: “The song has ended, but the memories linger on.”