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Missed star The Cranberries pay tribute to Dolores O’Riordan on what would have been her 50th birthday

Dolores passed away in January 2018 aged 46 after accidentally drowning in a hotel bathroom due to alcohol consumption

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Front woman: Dolores on stage in London in 1994

Front woman: Dolores on stage in London in 1994

Front woman: Dolores on stage in London in 1994

The Cranberries have said they “really miss” Dolores O’Riordan after paying tribute to the late star on what would have been her 50th birthday.

Dolores passed away in January 2018 aged 46 after accidentally drowning in a hotel bathroom due to alcohol consumption.

Yesterday, 6th September, would have been the Limerick native’s 50th birthday and her bandmates decided to host a live stream event in her memory.

Brothers Mike and Noel Hogan, as well as drummer Fergal Lawler, held a special live stream in Limerick yesterday evening where they celebrated Dolores’ birthday and answered some questions from fans.

Remembering their lead singer, Noel said: “Dolores, more than anyone, was just up for a laugh the whole time. From the very beginning, she was just one of the boys.

“I think growing up in a house full of brothers – we were the next step to that.

“She had a couple of looks and one would be ‘we need to talk later after this gig’ and the other would be ‘let’s get into trouble’.

“And you do miss that. That’s the kind of stuff you really miss.”

Fergal added: “Award shows or photoshoots, stuff like that, she’d always get giddy and start stirring a bit of mischief up. It was brilliant.”

The band revealed that a documentary about The Cranberries is in the works, featuring new interviews that fans have not yet seen.

Noel explained: “We began about 5 years ago, or more. The idea was that we were going to do a documentary from the first album up to the point where we became big. So, we started filming bits for it.

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“There’s interviews we did at the time we were rehearsing for a tour and then we put it on hold because we went on tour and then unfortunately Dolores passed away.

“It became obvious after a while that we should really do a documentary about the band from start to finish... It’s on hold until things start moving in the world. We haven’t just forgotten about it.”

During the live stream, the band also held the world premiere of a new music video for their 2001 song Never Grow Old, which features some never-before-seen archive clips of Dolores.

Fergal described the video as “beautiful” and “really well done” while Noel said that Dolores “would really like” it.

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