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Lynott's High Nelly bike goes under hammer

A HIGH Nelly bicycle once owned by Dublin rocker Phil Lynott is being restored ahead of a charity auction.

The 1930s bike, which was bought second-hand by Phil's mother Philomena and was often used by her son, was recently given to Carlow man Kevin Kelly as a gift.

Kevin, who heads the Home to Rome cross-continent charity cycle, is set to auction off the antique bike to raise funds for the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation.

The bike is believed to have been used by Philomena Lynott as her main mode of transport when her son Phil was younger, but it was also used by the rocker when he had grown up.

"We are doing a fundraising cycle in June to raise money for the Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation, and Philomena Lynott is our ambassador," Mr Kelly said.

"I went to meet her the other day and we got talking about older bikes. I was saying how I preferred them because these carbon fibre things are like bits of paper, and the next minute she showed me the High Nelly."


Philomena gave the bike to Mr Kelly to be used how he wanted.

"It was her bike, but Phil used it," Mr Kelly said. "She had just got it down from the attic. We're going to do it up and auction it."

The bicycle is being restored to its former glory by Seamie Brennan, who works at Global Cycles in Carlow.

Kevin hopes to bring it to Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, in August to join a world record attempt at having the most High Nellies in one place.

He plans to auction it off that same day and hopefully raise at least €4,000 for Irish cancer charities.