Monday 20 November 2017

Treasured memories -- of stars in the rare old times

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

ON the 62nd birthday of Thin Lizzy legend Phil Lynott today, his mother has given an emotional endorsement to a treasure trove of rare photos of her son and other rock icons.

Philomena Lynott said she was delighted when Dublin photographer Liam Quigley recently unearthed thousands of his photographs of some of the most iconic Irish and international rock bands to play in Ireland during the 1970s, including previously unseen pictures of her son.

Mr Quigley (57), who now divides his time between Dublin and Portugal, took stunning portraits of some of the biggest artists of the day.

His portfolio includes photos of every major band and artist that toured here including Leonard Cohen, Abba, the Bay City Rollers and Olivia Newton-John.

But they also include intimate portraits of some of the up-and-coming bands of the day, including one of the first shots taken of U2 in 1979 and a very young Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats.

Others include Ireland's hottest acts at the time, such as Joe Dolan, Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore, Horslips, Gilbert O'Sullivan and Luke Kelly.

But some of his most prized are those of Phil Lynott, who was a personal friend.


Liam is from the well-known Quigley family from Dorset Street in inner-city Dublin, who recently featured in 'Hot Press' magazine for their impact on the Irish music industry. His brothers Pat and Fran played with Phil in the original Thin Lizzy.

One picture shows Rory Gallagher with a shaggy dog, taken in Cork city in 1976.

"We went for a walk around the park and we see this little old lady come up walking a dog and someone said that Rory's hair looked like the dog," he recalled.

Liam estimates his collection of pictures in the tens of thousands.

He has only recently begun digitising his pictures after retiring from the sound and lighting shop on Dublin's Capel Street for 35 years and moving to Portugal.

Many of the Phil Lynott shots feature in the Thin Lizzy exhibition currently on at St Stephen's Green shopping centre in Dublin.

Meanwhile, around 90 Brazilian samba dancers will celebrate Phil Lynott's life tonight on Grafton Street where he once busked.

MaSamba creative director Simeon Smith said: "Phil Lynott still holds a special place in the hearts of Dubliners and we wanted to honour him and his work."

Irish Independent

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