Dolores O'Riordan went from being a church singer to becoming the lead vocalist of the Irish alternative rock band The Cranberries and a rock icon of the 1990s. She stunned her fans with her death as a result of accidental drowning due to intoxication at age 46.
One of the best-known faces of Irish alternative rock, Dolores O’Riordan headed the band The Cranberries. Known for her international chartbusters such as Zombie, she later slipped into depression and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She died of accidental drowning due to intoxication at age 46 and was posthumously nominated for a Grammy.
Andrea Corr is an Irish singer, musician, songwriter, actress, and author. She is part of the popular Celtic pop-rock and folk-rock group The Corrs, where she plays the ukulele, piano, and tin whistle apart from being the lead singer. Also a humanitarian, Andrea Corr takes part in several charitable activities to raise money for various causes.
Irish singer Imelda May, who has released chart-topping albums such as Love Tattoo, is also a talented multi-instrumentalist, well-versed in a wide range of instruments such as the guitar, the bodhrán, the tambourine. She also became a published poet with her volume A Lick and a Promise.
Irish singer and actress Bronagh Gallagher has been active in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. Becoming involved in drama and music activities as a teenager, she initially worked as a hairdresser and a singer with a local band before making it big. Her career as an actress eventually took off and she has since appeared in many films.
Born to Irish musician Robert Strong, Andrew Strong, too, proved himself as a talented singer. He was in his teens when he secured a BAFTA and a Grammy nomination for his role and his vocals in the musical comedy-drama The Commitments. He has also been part of The Bone Yard Boys.
The lead singer of the Dublin-based rock band The Coronas, Irish singer Danny O'Reilly is the son of legendary folk singer Mary Black and record producer Joe O'Reilly. He featured his former girlfriend Laura Whitmore in his band’s music video Mark My Words. In 2022, he revealed he was dating Dorottya Krizan.
Irish singer Dickie Rock soared to fame with his chartbusting hits for the Miami Showband. He also contested for Ireland on Eurovision. He mesmerized Irish listeners with his deep tenor voice and his hits such as There’s Always Me. He later revealed that his hearing difficulties had made him retire from music.
Irish singer Liam Reilly is best known as a member of the rock band Bagatelle, which released hits such as Second Violin and Summer in Dublin. A talented songwriter, too, he wrote for band such as Wolfe Tones and the Dublin City Ramblers. He was placed joint second at the 1990 Eurovision.