The Cranberries brothers Noel and Mike Hogan said it was a huge honour to be conferred with honorary doctorates at the University of Limerick (UL) on Friday - it represented a full circle for them as they started out 30 years ago playing shows at UL.

The brothers said they think their late bandmate Dolores O'Riordan would have got a great kick out of the honour, telling her brothers and family she was now more qualified than they were. 

Dolores O'Riordan's mother Eileen, who accepted the honour on her late daughter's behalf, said she believed Dolores was there with them in spirit on Friday. 

She said it is a great comfort to know the enormity of love and affection people had for her and she tells Dolores' children this frequently.

Noel Hogan said they never anticipated the outpouring of support following Dolores' death. He said the support has been truly amazing and fantastic, as has the reaction to the Cranberries' new song All Over Now, released this week on the anniversary of Dolores' death.

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The Cranberries' Fergal Lawler was absent from Friday's ceremony and Noel Hogan accepted his scroll on his behalf.