Philomena Lynott, mother of Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott, passes away aged 88

by Dublin Gazette
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Philomena Lynott, the mother of the late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, has passed away aged 88.

It is understood that Philomena, who was from Crumlin, had been battling with cancer for a number of years.

The news was announced by music magazine Hot Press, who collaborated with her on her best-selling life story, ‘My Boy’.

In a statement, Hot Press editor Niall Stokes wrote: “[Philomena] was a formidable and brilliant woman.

“I am really proud that we were able to participate in telling her remarkable story. Because she was indeed a remarkable person. She was hugely determined and courageous – and absolutely committed to the campaign to ensure that Philip’s memory was kept alive and his legacy celebrated.

“She will be hugely missed – not just by fans of Thin Lizzy but by fans of Philomena Lynott.”

Philomena had been an active campaigner in keeping the legacy of her son alive, who was often regarded as one of Dublin – and Ireland’s – greatest rock stars. She was heavily involved in a campaign to have a statue of him erected, which has stood on Harry Street since 2005.

She recently appeared at ‘The Vibe’, a mini-festival dedicated to honouring Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy’s music at Whelan’s in January. In a group for the event, tributes flooded in for Philomena.

“R.I.P Philomena so glad mysellf [sic] and my other half had the absoulute pleasure [sic] of meeting you kept the memory of Phil alive so well always welcoming everyone who believed in his music,” Tommy wrote.

Kaveena said: “Met beautiful Philomena a few times and she was always full of wit and love. Absolutely the jewel of Dublin. My mum always said she should be wrapped in cotton wool and adored by us. Lucky to have met her again in January this year.

“RIP Philomena.”

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