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Subject: Philomena Lynott, Mother of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott

Dead at 88
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Date Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 01:25:02pm


Phil Lynott's mother Philomena has died aged 88

Updated / Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019 16:34

Philomena Lynott, the mother of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, has died aged 88.

She passed away on Wednesday morning, Hot Press magazine has confirmed, after battling cancer for the past number of years.

Philomena was the author of the best-selling memoir My Boy, which told the story of Phil Lynott's life from his upbringing in Manchester and Dublin, to his success as the frontman of Thin Lizzy.

"She was a formidable and brilliant woman," Hot Press editor Niall Stokes said. "I am really proud that we were able to participate in telling her remarkable story. Because she was indeed a remarkable woman.

"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."

Philomena came to national prominence when she published her book, which was written with Jackie Hayden, and was a two-time No1 best seller and told her extraordinary life story.

She departed Dublin to work in England after leaving school, but her plans were forever changed when she became pregnant with Phil, whose father was Cecil Parris, from Guyana.

Phil came to Dublin while still a young boy and went on to become one of Ireland's most revered songwriters and musicians.

It was one of the great joys of Philomena’s life that she succeeded in her campaign to have a statue of Philip erected in Dublin.

The statue is located on Harry Street, just off Dublin’s Grafton Street.

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