Dolores O'Riordan archive interview: 'Is there any way I can just wake up and be a regular girl?'

Dolores O'Riordan, circa 2001
Dolores O'Riordan, circa 2001 Credit:  Tim Roney/Getty

This interview was first printed in October 2001. Dolores O'Riordan has now died, at the age of 46

As a child, Dolores O'Riordan used to share one bedroom with her five brothers and one sister, all older than her; there'd be four in one bed, a couple of bunks, and one little bed in the corner. It was, she says, her soft Irish voice suffused with lilting nostalgia, "the most cosy loving childhood, all huddled up together." Her mother ("we're as thick as thieves") always had 'a big pot of spuds boilin', and bacon in another pot. I even remember having bull's heart, pig's head - that sort of stuff.'

Home was a cottage in Ballybricken, 12 miles or so from Limerick - "the city of piety and shite,"...

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