After our stop off in Adare. We put in the details of my main purpose of the day in Google maps on one of our mobile phones We were going to see the final resting place of Cranberries lead singer Delores O'Riordan.
Regular readers will remember when we visited Rory Gallagher's grave in Ballincollig in 2020. They are both two Irish Rockers who I never managed to see live but I never saw Jimi Hendrix or Elvis Presley but I still love them and I saw Rory's Band of Friends in Kent in 2019 at A New Day festival.
Google maps took us up boreens made for horses and carts but now with a tarmac surface and signs saying 'Dangerous Bends'. We past farmers who waved and racing horse stables and schools and churches and graveyards and fields and more fields and eventually we saw signs for Graveyard on galvanized steel poles. We realised they had obviously placed them for fans of Delores to see her final resting place.
We got out of the car and opened the gate into the ancient graveyard with the ruined church and we both spotted the grave:
"There's Delores grave" I said.
"I know" said J.
We walked to the grave and read the epitaphs on the headstone and there was a Cranberries guitar made out of cardboard and painted, letters laminated to Delores, flowers and Japanese flags. It felt like a sanctuary, a special place to remember a Rock icon.