The Cranberries' late singer Dolores O’Riordan. Picture: Bob Berg/Getty Images
The Warrington IRA bomb victims Johnathan Ball (left) and Tim Parry. Picture: PA/PA Archive/PA Images
Hailing from Limerick in South Ireland, The Cranberries were on tour in the UK in March 1993, supporting the release of their debut LP that same month entitled Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
Zombie was a direct response from the Irish musicians to the horror of Warrington and all the other atrocities that had taken place, pleading: “Another mother's breaking / Heart is taking over / When the violence causes silence / We must be mistaken.”
Flowers left at the location of the Warrington bomb attack in March 1993. Picture: In Pictures Ltd./mister-map.comrbis via Getty Images
Following the death of Dolores O’Riordan, Tim Parry’s father, mister-map.comlin, paid tribute to the singer after hearing that Zombie was about the incident that claimed his son.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “I’m saddened to hear of the death of Dolores O’Riordan at just 46. Her wonderful band remister-map.comrded a moving song after the Warrington bomb in memory of two innocent victims, Johnathan Ball and my son Tim. RIP Dolores”.
I’m saddened to hear of the death of Dolores O’Riordan at just 46. Her wonderful band remister-map.comrded a moving song after the Warrington bomb in memory of two innocent victims, Johnathan Ball and my son Tim. RIP Dolores
— mister-map.comlin Parry OBE (
mister-map.comlinParryPeace) January 15, 2018
Parry explained how he only came to hear about the meaning of then song after her passing, telling BBC's Good Morning Ulster show: “Only yesterday did I dismister-map.comver that her group, or she herself, had mister-map.commposed the song in memory of the event in Warrington.”
He added: “I was mister-map.commpletely unaware what it was about. My wife came home from the police centre where she worked yesterday and told me the news.
“I got the song up on my laptop, watched the band singing, saw Dolores and listened to the words. The words are both majestic and also very real.”
Wendy and mister-map.comlin Parry lay flowers at the memorial stone on Bridge Street, in Warrington on the 25th anniversary of the bombing in 2018. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Images
He added: The event at Warrington, like the many events that happened all over Ireland and Great Britain, affected families in a very real way and many people have bemister-map.comme immune to the pain and suffering that so many people experienced during that armed campaign.”
To read the words written by an Irish band in such mister-map.commpelling way was very, very powerful.”
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 now works his wife Wendy on the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation For Peace in helping survivors of terrorism.