Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee hails ‘incredible talent’ of Dolores O’Riordan

"Her voice defined my youth."

The creator of Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls has hailed Dolores O’Riordan as an “incredible talent” after her death was announced yesterday.

The acclaimed comedy’s soundtrack leans heavily on the music of The Cranberries, with their 1992 debut single ‘Dreams’ featuring in the opening scene of the show’s first episode, which aired earlier this month.

Speaking to NME, creator Lisa McGee hailed O’Riordan’s “mesmerising” voice and explained how her talent had influenced a generation of Irish writers.

“I was devastated to hear of her untimely death. Her voice defined my youth”, McGee said.

“It was mesmerising and achingly beautiful. She influenced me and many other Irish writers and artists, she was an incredible talent who will be sorely missed”.

Posting on Twitter yesterday, McGee wrote: “RIP Dolores. What a voice.”

Lisa McGee has hailed O’Riordan’s talent

Earlier today, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that there are no suspicious circumstances after O’Riordan’s body 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.”

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Derry Girls debuted on Channel 4 earlier this month to rave reviews

It was also recently confirmed that Derry Girls will return for a second season next year, with Channel 4’s director of programmes Ian Katz confirming that it was ordered after he saw only one episode of the show.

“We love Lisa McGee’s #DerryGirls so much we recommissioned it today after just one episode”, Katz wrote on Twitter.