I went to Irish dance when I was four. I was playing the tin whistle when I was five. So I think certain things are bred into you.

I'm an icon. I'm the Queen of Limerick.

We all got older, and we'd tell our children things like, 'Mommy used to be in a famous rock band,' but they didn't believe us. Part of the reason for our reunion was to show our children what we did to make the lives they have possible.

Not everybody wanted a female to be the front face of a big band, you know... You had to be three times better than a man had to be.

When you're pregnant or living with an infant, there's a kind of sacredness around your body that affects everything you do.

When everybody's looking at you, it does your head in. When you're always on the inside, sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees.

I didn't know initially whether I'd like doing TV and whether I'd be able to work with other people. I've always done my own thing. I've never put myself into that situation, but it's the most fun I've had in years.

I am just trying to live for my kids. It is all about my kids now. I love them endlessly.

There's no point in getting too worried about things, because life is too short.

As you get older, it's good to open up and acknowledge that everybody has their scary moments, their negative moments. And in order to move on and find comfort and hope, you have to stop running from the darkness and face it. And when you face it, it's not that scary at all, and sometimes it actually turns around and runs away.

When I got pregnant, I started singing again. It was my saving grace. I literally mean having this amazing human life, and our relationship in the sense of mother and child, redeemed my soul.

Room service is nice. Ooh-la-la, a hotel. At home, it's laundry and school lunches.

Everyone at school knew I wanted to be a singer. I'd always be banging on the piano playing my new song. The teacher would gather us round, and the whole class would listen.

I didn't get a lot of attention from my dad when I was young. That's a big part of it for girls. Because your dad is the first love of your life. If he doesn't put you on his lap and give you a pet, you do end up not really liking yourself that much.

I love performing, and I love the idea of people buying records. I don't particularly like the idea of people knowing me or thinking they do, but that's a part of what I choose. I choose not to go to college; I choose to be a singer.

When the Greatest Hits came out and we did that tour, I just felt I wanted to take a break, totally. Probably because, as well, I was so young when I got famous. I did album, tour, album, tour, album, tour, then I had a public nervous breakdown where I just lost tons of weight.

Why can't we actually sing and get respected as good singers and songwriters without having our boobs and butt hanging out?

My kids mean more to me than anything I thought was important when I was younger.

I keep my children safe and protected from all my baggage. They get to have a normal childhood, and they're not affected by my life.

It was great about the sizes of the audiences we were getting in America, but sometimes you feel like telling some of the men that you're not on stage to have your body looked at.

We were never a frivolous band; we prided ourselves on having something to say, and I think that's what gives your songs longevity.

It's amazing to see anyone come out, let alone tell you they have been waiting so long. They are loyal people, our fans.

I got to a point where I referred to myself as Dolores of the Cranberries instead of myself because I alienated my real self from what I became so much.

You can't be in a situation where you are not happy. It's as simple as that.

I was 19 when I wrote 'Dreams,' and that would have been when it started to happen. The band got signed, and I was probably beginning to see different things besides my small town of Ballybricken.

I love to go home to my kids. I don't have that lull in my life when I didn't have them.

When The Cranberries got really big in Ireland, it became difficult for me to be there with all the photographers and paparazzi.

The writing became a hobby in the background: it took a back seat to parenthood and being a person and being a human being.

You know that band that are all over 'Melody Maker,' Huggy Bear, they're just a load of crap, right? Riot grrrl group - y'know, it's all sexism and stuff, women standing up for their rights: 'This girl said this at the gig off the stage.' It's nothing got to do with music. They're probably untalented gits when it comes to the crunch.

It was different to what everyone else was doing. It was very hard to pigeonhole The Cranberries. And we were just huge; it was just sensational.

My parents were in the local church choir, and I used to go along and sing and play the organ at all the weddings and christenings.

I lived in buses. I didn't really have anything else. I didn't feel like a female, and I ended up really kind of isolated. Everybody thinks you're so happy and so wealthy and such a big star, but you're really kind of lonely and don't know how to stop it.

I guess the way to keep a grip on reality is just to take breaks in between albums like most normal bands do. Go home and be a person and hang out with your friends. Do separate things and get back to earth and write songs and go out there again.

I thought the best thing to do to bring me back to reality would be to have a child, and by the time I had my first, Taylor, when I was 25, we'd sold 35 million records as a band, and I'd had enough; I knew my sanity was more important than success.

U2 and Sinead O'Connor - I haven't a clue why we're compared to them. Apart from us all being Irish, we've nothing in common.

I just block out the demons. I sing. I block them away. I put my pain into my music. I paint. I make my own videos. I direct myself. No one directs me anymore. I am in charge of my destiny.

When I was about 14, I got a tacky keyboard for 250 pounds and put on a drum machine and found I could write a song.

I was a full-time mom for seven years. You go back on tour, you're back in hotels, you're ordering room service, and you're getting an itinerary slipped under your door every,day. You're kind of thinking, 'Did I go home for seven years, or was that just a dream?'

I'm an artist, and I need to work, like everybody. We need to be challenged and that we're getting up and doing something with our lives.

I lived in a small village outside the city and grew up in a large family, so my world was very much centred around that. I used to sing in the local church, and I would also occasionally sing in the local pubs for which I used to get a few bob. That, for me, was the start of my interest in music, which has obviously expanded since then.

My mom always had a softer spot for boys, as a lot of Irish women do. If you were a girl, you'd have to sing or wear a pretty dress. But boys could just sit there and be brilliant for sitting there and being boys. It makes you that little bit more forward. Pushy. I was singing, always.

My priorities were taking the kids to school and being a mum and being a daughter and being a sister. Just spending a lot of that time with my family that I'd probably lost a lot of, touring with the Cranberries.

The school I went to was so Gaelic that you learned how to play the tin whistle and how to Irish-dance in class.

I've come to the conclusion that life is for the taking and just too short to dwell on the negative.

I always come across like I'm looking serious, but I just don't like smiling. Honestly, obviously I'm different in person.

I hated singing, I hated being on stage; I hated being in the Cranberries. I was constantly crying. I was going insane. I wanted to be a shopkeeper, a hairdresser, anything. I was so desperate to have a reality, friends, a regular, boring life. I missed that.

People often ask me why I sing with a strong Irish accent. I suppose when I was five years old, I spoke with a strong Irish accent, so I sang with one, too.

To me, life is a bit of everything. I have the band, I have my kids. Life is a big picture. It's not just your career.

I enjoyed living in Canada, where my husband comes from, because I was treated like any ordinary person. I became a volunteer at my children's school; I went into the classroom. It was very grounding. I got sick of being famous.