Kilbehenny’s Kellie remembers Dolores O’Riordan

Local woman Kellie Lewis and Dolores O'Riordan in Kilbehenny in 2014. Dolores was the Kellie's coach in 'The Voice of Ireland' that year. (Picture: The Avondhu Archives)

Kilbehenny’s Kellie Lewis was on stage for the first episode of this season’s Late Late Show, taking part in a musical tribute last Friday to Limerick legend Dolores O’Riordan. Kellie took to the stage to sing a part of the unmistakable ‘Dreams’. 

The medley performance was to honour the late singer, who would have celebrated her 50th birthday on Monday of this week.

Kellie was joined on stage by Limerick singer Emma Langford, who recently performed in Mallow Castle. The Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Line-Up Choir also performed, finishing with an ensemble version of ‘Zombie’.

Kellie told The Avondhu that it was ‘an honour’ to be part of the show.

“I was honoured to be a part of the powerful tribute to Dolores for her 50th birthday on the Late Late Show last week. It was such a beautiful thing to do for her birthday. I miss Dolores a lot and I was so blessed to be a part of it all.”

The musical performance was followed by an interview with Dolores’ mother, Eileen O’Riordan.

Dolores O’Riordan sadly passed away in January 2018. She had coached Kellie in ‘The Voice of Ireland’ in 2014, and visited Kilbehenny with the local songstress as part of the promotion of the show.

Recently, Kellie received accolades from the remaining members of The Cranberries for her ‘very unique’ cover of ‘Ridiculous Thoughts’, on the album ‘Salvation’, a collection of covers of The Cranberries songs in aid of Pieta. The band released a playlist ‘Remembering Dolores’, this week, in their friend’s memory.