Thursday 22 March 2018

Siblings Lynott never met in the spotlight

Grainne Cunningham

THE two children Philip Lynott's mother, Philomena, kept secret for 50 years stepped into public view for the first time yesterday.

The 80-year-old mother of one of Ireland's best-loved rock stars was joined by her daughter Philomena and son Leslie at a event to celebrate her book, 'My Boy' reaching number one on the bestsellers' list.

In the recently released edition of 'My Boy', Ms Lynott revealed that Philip had a brother and sister he never knew. Both were children Ms Lynott gave up for adoption in very difficult circumstances.

"I never told my mother. I couldn't. In those days, it was sinful, you were a horrible person," she said. So when she first wrote 'My Boy', with Hot Press's Jackie Hayden, in 1995, she did not mention her other children.

Over the past weeks, as she toured the country with her book, Ms Lynott has heard heartbreaking stories from adopted children and mothers who have been unable to retrace the children they gave birth to.

Despite enjoying a warm relationship with her two children now, there were tears in Ms Lynott's eyes yesterday as she recalled how she wondered about them on every birthday.

Then one day her daughter rang her out of the blue, and said she was looking for her mother. "You've found her," were the first words Ms Lynott said.

Leslie said he used to sit on the wall near his birth mother's seaside home in north Dublin and stare at the house until he eventually made contact.

Nowadays there is a strong bond between the three of them and Ms Lynott regularly visits their homes in England.

And last night the reunited family gathered to celebrate Ms Lynott's continuing success as an author.

Meanwhile, the Philip Lynott exhibition of rock memorabilia at the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre has been extended, due to popular demand, until May 2.

Irish Independent

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