Family and close friends of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan have accompanied her to the church in her home town in Co Limerick ahead of her funeral.

Candles lit the streets as her coffin was brought to the Church of Saint Ailbe in Ballybricken.

Two hearses, one carrying her coffin and another carrying floral tributes, arrived at the church shortly before 9.30pm.

Among the many wreaths was one from Irish pop group The Corrs.

Earlier, hundreds of people had gathered outside Cross's Funeral Home in Ballyneety where her remains were in repose.

President Michael D Higgins paid his sympathies to the singer's family and signed a book of condolence.

"It was very important to pay tribute to the contribution Dolores made," said Mr Higgins.

"It is so moving, so profoundly sad that somebody so young is taken from us.

"She was a star that shone bright from the very beginning," he added.

The funeral mass is to take place tomorrow at 11.30am, followed by a private family burial.

Ms O'Riordan was found dead in a London hotel on Monday.

The 46-year-old - who was also a member of alternative rock group D.A.R.K - had been working on a new studio album with The Cranberries in the months before her death and was expected to discuss its scheduled release with record label BMG while in England.

The singer was renowned for her distinctive voice and the Cranberries enjoyed huge success in the 1990s with tracks including Zombie and Linger