15/01/2018 - Published by


Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, dies suddenly. Statement released by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation.

Contact – Sabina Frediani – Sabina.frediani@foundation4peace.org – 01925 581232/07989 582424

Issued – Tuesday 16th January 2018 10:00 Warrington, Cheshire, North West England

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation has issued the following statement in response to the death of lead singer of The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan:

Dolores O’Riordan wrote the song ‘Zombie’ in memory of twelve-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball, who were killed when the IRA exploded two bombs without warning in a shopping street in the town of Warrington on Saturday 20th March 1993. 54 others were injured in the attack, which shocked the nation and gained worldwide publicity. Nobody was ever prosecuted for the deaths of Tim and Johnathan.

In 1995, Tim’s parents, Colin and Wendy Parry (supported by Johnathan’s parents) set up their own charity – The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation –  as a legacy to the boys and to campaign for peace. Today, the Peace Foundation works nationally and globally to support those affected by terrorism and violent conflict.

Colin Parry, Tim’s father and co-founder of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation said:

“I’m saddened to hear of the death of Dolores O’Riordan at just 46. Her wonderful band recorded a moving song after the Warrington bomb in memory of two innocent victims, Johnathan Ball and my son Tim. RIP Dolores.”

Nick Taylor, Chief Executive of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation said:

“Dolores captured so much emotion in ‘Zombie’ and spoke for millions at a time of shock and devastation after the terrorist attack that killed the boys. 25 years on and the song still resonates and carries a powerful message.  We are shocked at the news at the loss of Dolores and we send all our thoughts to her family at this difficult time.

Dolores was an amazing artist who has left a legacy through her music that speaks for so many of us and called on all of us to follow a path of peace.”


RIP Dolores O’Riordan

Watch the film of Zombie here 

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