'A force of nature' - Mourners attend funeral of Philomena Lynott, mother of Thin Lizzy frontman
Philomena Lynott has been remembered as a "force of nature" at her funeral mass in St Fintan's Church in Sutton this afternoon.
The mass was celebrated by Fr Bryan Shortall, a friend of Philomena's from the Capuchin order.
Her coffin arrived at the seaside church by a horse drawn carriage with two white horses.
Gifts were brought to the altar by family and friends at the beginning of the ceremony, including a small statue of her son Thin Lizzy front-man Phil Lynott.
Her brother Peter also recited a poem he had written for his late nephew at the time of his passing in 1986.
He also thanked mourners who gathered for attending the service and said that writing a speech ahead of the funeral had been one of the hardest things he ever had to do.
"When I sat down to write this there were so many beautiful things to say but I didn't know where to start. Phyllis was not only beautiful on outside but she had a beautiful soul," he said.
He urged others "not to feel sorrow for her death but grateful her presence blessed their lives".
"I am honoured to be her little brother. to sister Irene in the US she couldn't make it - we love you very much."
"This is not goodbye Philomena, it's au revoir," he added.
A wreath was signed from Bono, the Edge and Adam Clayton, and many of the mourners wore Thin Lizzy T-shirts.
Phil Lynott died in 1986, and a bronze statue of him stands just off Grafton Street in Dublin.
Friends and family of Ms Lynott heard that she was "heartbroken" when her son died.
"Philomena wasn't afraid to tell us that she was crushed and hurt when Philip died a young man.
"She talked of giving Phil's gravestone a good kick for what he did to her, but it was always because she loved him so much," Fr Bryan Shortall told the congregation.
He described her as a mother who genuinely put people first, and said she was devoted to her son.
"She lived her life at the service of others despite the difficulties and struggles that came along," Fr Shortall added.
"Certainly we all know of her devotion to her beloved Philip.
"In the last 33 years she made sure that his legacy as an artist, musician and a poet was firmly passed on."
The Thin Lizzy song Philomena, which Phil Lynott wrote for his mother, was played as her coffin was carried out of the church.
There was a round of applause as the lyrics "If you see my mother please give her all of my love, as she has a heart of gold there as good as god above" rang through the church.
Ms Lynott faced huge difficulties after giving birth as an unmarried woman in the late 1940s.
After leaving school she moved from Ireland to England to find work, but fell pregnant and gave birth to Phil in 1949.
In 1995 she published her memoir, My Boy, co-written by Jackie Hayden, about her son's life growing up in Manchester and Dublin.
The coffin was brought out of the church as Thin Lizzy's Philomena played.
Burial took place in St Fintan's ceremony.
In attendance at the funeral were many famous faces, including film director Jim Sheridan and former RTE broadcaster Anne Doyle.
More to follow
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