AFFAIRS OF THE NATION

ZOMBIE CHANTS


Rory Godson Pallonji Mistry Shark Hanlon Frances Ruane Taste of Dublin Listowel Writers’ Week Paddy Curran Harvey Norman Anton Savage Paul Hourican Enda O’Coineen PfP Red C Poll IFTA Ben Gilroy Luke Comer Sue Spence Fingleton Aubrey McCarthy Matt Cooper Parker Green Danny McConnell Gayle Killilea Maura Derivan Ed Honohan INS Arts Council EDAF Emuse Rosslare Golf Club Mairead Casey Colm O’Rourke Stephen Connolly Peter Aiken John Malone Tom Barry Anthony Halpin Ian Kehoe Kevin Bakhurst Geraldine O’Leary Dennis Horgan RUSI Gareth McAllister Ryevale House Joe Macken RUC Omagh Patrick Connolly Paddy Cosgrave The Ditch Newstalk Fake Tan Fred Logue Ian Paisley Sean O’Riordan Margaret Sweeney Jay Bourke Ellie Kisyombe Francesca McDonagh Ted Cunningham National Space Centre An Irish Goodbye Oscar Robert Quirke Ciara Kelly Executive Women Gathering Doug Taylor Florian Haufe Robbie Henshaw Bill Shipsey Breaking the Silence L’Ecrivain Ronan McNally National Lottery Michael Roche Energy Action Balls.ie Newspapers VAT Abbey Theatre Patricia Madden Irish Banking Culture Board Randox Aoife Gallagher Book Dalai Lama Trinity Trevor White RTÉ Chairperson Shane Houlihan Noel Smyth IKC Bob Geldof Landlord Ireland Neutrality Ukraine

article-default


THE LATE Dolores O’Riordan is an unlikely icon for Irish rugby fans outside her native Limerick. But needs must in the face of Ooh Ah…, ‘The Fields of Athenry’ and ‘Sean South of Garryowen’.

Thus, the recent enthusiasm by some media for the song ‘Zombie’ and efforts by other commentators to depict O’Riordan as being ‘anti-war’. But this characterisation is not something the singer would have agreed with and she would have been a little non-plussed at the applause from south Dublin liberals.

Dolores O’Riordan was from a pious, working-class family and she had some tough and decidedly non-pacifist attitudes to miscreants of any kind. One brother was an officer in Limerick Prison, which may or may not have helped form her opinions on law and order.

These attitudes included her support for capital punishment, which caused a stir when she first voiced it in the mid-1990s. She also exhibited a strong sense of the need for punishment and redemption of prisoners via penal servitude of the harshest kind, espousing the need for prisoners to “bleed” for their crimes (see The Phoenix 25/10/96).

There is no doubting O’Riordan’s hostility to IRA violence but she was not Joan Baez and would not have likened herself to the radical folk singer. Nor did she have socialist-republican views like Sinéad O’Connor.

Related Articles: