The song, ‘zombie’ written and sung by The Cranberries was based on the Warrington bombings that occurred in February and March 1993, when the radical Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated bombs in Warrington, England.

The Warrington bombings were two separate attacks when the first attack happened on February 26 at a gas storage facility and the second bomb attack March 20 when two small bombs detonated in litter bins where 2 children were killed while injuries dozens of others. The two deceased children were Tim Parry, 12, and Jonathan Ball, who was just 3 years old, propelled Dolores O'Riordan to write the song 'Zombie' in memory of those bombings.

‘Zombie’ song revelation

Colin Parry, father of Tim Parry had no idea that The Cranberries’ song, “Zombie”, released in 1994, was a written in memory for his son as well as for Ball until after the death of the lead singer, Dolores O'Riordan became public. O’Riordan, 46, suddenly passed away on Monday. Colin Parry made an appearance on a British talk show on Tuesday to pay his respects to the Cranberries singer. He said that the lyrics of the song resonated with him but never really knew the significance of the song until after hearing of O'Riordan’s death and then he found out that they wrote that song in memory of the bombings, the Irish Independent reported.

“I was completely unaware what it was all about,” Parry said.

He said that his wife came home from her job at the local police station and told him of O'Riordan’s death and he then looked up the song and listened to it and said that it affected him in a very real way and that the words were majestic.

He said the bombings had affected many families in both the UK and in Ireland. Parry further stated that many citizens have become resistant to the agony and sorrow that so many people had experienced during that IRA-induced violent period….

and to have read those words of the song, Zombie, by a band from Ireland in such an absorbing way, was very, very vigorous. “I likened it to the enormous amount of mail expressing huge sympathy that we received in the days, weeks and months following our loss”, Parry said. He also was shocked that O'Riordan had died so young and so soon.

Dolores O'Riordan' death update

The latest news of the untimely death of Dolores O'Riordan, as reported by Fox News, is that The Cranberries singer was found deceased on the hotel bathroom floor by a hotel maid and that her death does not appear to be suspicious and is still unsolved at this time. The band group members had also stated that O'Riordan was to record a new version of her hit single, “Zombie” with the band, “Bad Wolves”.