Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott, and His Mom Philomena

by Chris Murray on September 26, 2013

Last month I visited Phil Lynott’s mother, Philomena, who wrote the biography My Boy: The Philip Lynott Story. On the way to her home, we stopped at Phil’s grave to pay our respects to the legendary leader of the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy.
At Phil Lynott’s gravesite in Ireland. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.
Offerings from fans. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.

Philomena’s home is a wonderful place to visit. She autographed copies of her biography of Phil for us and showed us some compelling memorabilia from her son’s career. We were introduced to Philomena by Alan McHugh from County Cavan, who is himself a very talented musician in the Thin Lizzy tribute band Renegade. We had a memorable afternoon with the beautiful Philomena.
Philomena Lynott inscribing her biography of her son, My Boy. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.
Alan McHugh, bass player for Thin Lizzy tribute band Renegade, at Philomena’s home. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.
Phil Lynott’s jukebox. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.
Govinda Gallery artist Carlotta Hester with Philomena in her backyard. Copyright © Govinda Gallery Archive. All Rights Reserved.
Saying goodbye to Philomena at her front door. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.

There is a wonderful statue in the center of Dublin just off Grafton Street on Harry Street in honor of Phil Lynott. The statue had been damaged and was recently restored. Just a few days after seeing Philomena, the restored statue was unveiled on August 15. There was a huge turnout honoring Phil. The statue looks great.
Unveiling the statue of her son Phil Lynott in Dublin. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.
Part of the crowd at the statue unveiling in Dublin. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.
Admiring the statue of Phil Lynott. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.
The cover of Philomena’s book My Boy.

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