The boy's toys are all back in town
PHIL Lynott was the ultimate rocker, responsible for some of the best music of the 1970s and 1980s.
His unmistakable voice and songs captured the hearts of millions. But he couldn't resist burning the candle at both ends, and died at the age of just 36.
Now, 25 years after the death of the Thin Lizzy singer, his mother, Philomena Lynott, will officially launch an exhibition of his memorabilia as part of the Hot Press Music Show in the RDS this weekend.
Along with four guitars owned by Lynott -- and on which he wrote Thin Lizzy hits including 'The Boys Are Back In Town' and 'Dancing In The Moonlight' -- there will also be tour jackets worn by the singer, flight cases used by Thin Lizzy, lyric books and Lynott's shares in Manchester United Football Club on display this Saturday and Sunday.
"The shares were a birthday present from me to Philip. You couldn't have gotten him a better gift because if Philip hadn't been a musician, he would have been a professional footballer playing for Manchester United, his favourite team," Philomena told the Irish Independent.
Now 80, Philomena said she was seeking a permanent home for her son's collection, which up until now has been kept in her north Dublin home.
"There are lot of song lyrics and birthday cards. In fact, I have everything he ever sent to me since he was four years of age," she said.
"I'd love Philip's stuff in its own place because I don't want his possessions sold off after I'm gone.
"I always want people to remember the greatest rock star in the world," she added.
Someone who would agree wholeheartedly is Thin Lizzy fan and Communications Minister Eamon Ryan, who posed with the star's bass guitar when he turned up to launch the show yesterday and was only slightly embarrassed when Philomena told him he was a "very handsome minister".
The weekend's entertainment includes a live stage, featuring acts including Damien Dempsey, panels, workshops, and interviews with music figures such as Bob Geldof.
Sharon Corr, who covered Lynott's 1982 solo single 'Old Town' with The Corrs, will also perform at the show.
"We got a tremendous reaction to Old Town. I'm sad I didn't see Thin Lizzy at the time but the group and Phil were a big influence," she said.