The home of the mother of late rock star Phil Lynott has been burgled on her 83rd birthday.
The burglars struck just after 5pm on Tuesday when her nephew Graham drove out of the driveway of the seafront home.
"I heard noise but I thought it was the flower pots rattling in the wind. The phone had been going off all day with Phil's fans ringing to wish me a happy birthday," she said.
However, outside, thieves were trying to open a window and then smashed through a glass window, gaining entry into her conservatory.
The three unidentified men then made their way through a room full of Phil Lynott memorabilia and into her living room.
But she credits a call she made to nephew Graham, who was out shopping, for disturbing the burglars.
"Graham didn't answer my call but he rang back and the thieves, hearing me on the phone upstairs, left immediately," she said.
Unaware she had been burgled, Philomena spotted the three men as they left, walking down her driveway and, mistaking them for Thin Lizzy fans, waved at one. "The tallest one waved back, I really had no idea who they were" she said.
It wasn't until Graham arrived back the alarm was raised.