The father of an IRA bomb victim has paid tribute to The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan after discovering that the singer wrote ‘Zombie’ in tribute to her son.
Colin Parry, whose son died in the 1993 Warrington attack, hailed the “majestic” lyrics of ‘Zombie’ after O’Riordan’s death was announced yesterday.
“Only yesterday did I discover that her group, or she herself, had composed the song in memory of the event in Warrington in which my son Tim and young Jonathan Ball died”, Parry said during his appearance on Good Morning Ulster.
I’m saddened to hear of the death of Dolores O’Riordan at just 46. Her wonderful band recorded a moving song after the Warrington bomb in memory of two innocent victims, Johnathan Ball and my son Tim. RIP Dolores
— Colin Parry OBE (@ColinParryPeace) January 15, 2018
“I was completely unaware what it was about. My wife came home from the police centre where she worked [yesterday]… I got the song up on my laptop, watched the band singing, saw Dolores and listened to the words.”
“The words are both majestic and also very real,” he continued.
“The event at Warrington, like the many events that happened all over Ireland and Great Britain, affected families in a very real way and many people have become immune to the pain and suffering that so many people experienced during that armed campaign.”
Colin’s 12-year-old son Tim was killed alongside three-year-old Jonathan Ball when two IRA bombs were detonated in the Cheshire town in 1993.
O’Riordan wrote ‘Zombie’ only a year later, with her lyrics referencing how a “child is slowly taken and the violence, caused such silence.’
Her death was announced yesterday, with the Metropolitan Police confirming that there are no suspicious circumstances after she was found in a London hotel room.
Confirming her death, O Riordan’s publicist said: “The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time.
“Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”