Tuesday 16 July 2019

Tributes paid to late Philomena

The late Philomena Lynott
The late Philomena Lynott

Eimear Dodd

Tributes were paid in Arklow this week to Philomena Lynott, the mother of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, who died at the age of 88. She sadly passed away after battling cancer for a number of years.

Philomena was no stranger to the Arklow area and had lots of connections with the town going back many years. She unveiled a Friends of Philo plaque at Arklow Entertainment in 2011 to mark the 40th anniversary of Thin Lizzy's performance at the Centre Ballroom in 1971.

Arklow man and Thin Lizzy fan Colm Weadick said Philomena's passing was a 'very sad loss'. 'She was a very friendly and elegant woman who was generous with her time.'

He first met Philomena after he saw her at the first Vibe for Philo, an annual commemoration to the life and music of Phil Lynott. Colm visited her home in Howth and became a regular visitor and friend.

'Philomena attended mostly all my tributes which was a great honour to me, my wife Mary and the Friends of Philo team,' said Colm.

Colm visited with Philomena last October when he brought Cork, a band from Istanbul Turkey, to meet her. He said it was a 'great moment'. The band also performed in Arklow and at a Rory Gallagher tribute show in Dublin during their time in Ireland.

Philomena's funeral took place on Monday, June 17 at St Fintan's Church, Sutton. Arklow Municipal District Council asked Colm to pay their respects to her family on behalf of them and the people of the town.

Meanwhile, the committee of the Dunlavin Festival of Arts also expressed their sadness at the news. Philomena Lynott officially opened the festival three years ago. She was a best-selling author who wrote a memoir about her own extraordinary life and that of her son, Phil.

Wicklow People