30 years ago today: A report in The Irish Times on Monday, January 6th, 1986, marks the death of Irish rock star Phil Lynott. Photograph: The Irish Times

Phil Lynott, singer and bassist of Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, died 30 years ago on Monday. Lynott was born in England in 1949 and moved to Dublin t(...)

Henry Rollins: I don’t think the band was all that well known in the US. Real rock fans got it, but, as for mainstream success, I think that evaded them, which was a shame, because the records are so damn good.

Thin Lizzy tracks such as ‘Romeo and the Lonely Girl’, ‘Black Boys on the Corner’, ‘Wild One’, ‘Southbound’ and ‘Cowboy Song’ are perfect pieces of mu(...)

Thin Lizzy: Phil Lynott at the Hammersmith Odeon, in London, in 1976. Photograph: Erica Echenberg/Redferns

My preteen experience with music in Canada was limited to a (pretty deadly) stack of vinyls owned by my dad and a series of petrol-pump loyalty-point (...)

Thin Lizzy: Phil Lynott at the Hammersmith Odeon, in London, in 1976. Photograph: Erica Echenberg/Redferns

‘I grew up in a small town called Ballyclare, in Co Antrim,” says Andy Cairns, the lead singer with Therapy?, one of Ireland’s most resilient rock ban(...)

Phil Lynott performing on stage in 1976. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

Leighlin, Clonmacnoise, Ferns, Kells, Bangor, Lismore, Clogher. The centre of the corporation estate of Crumlin was started in the year of the Euchari(...)

Dara Kilkenny of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute in Dublin: “It’s important to be creative and an artist, but you also need to eat and have a roof over your head.” Photograph: Ruth Medjber

The inner-city community of the Liberties’ in Dublin 8 has been sharing its streets, shops and flats with art students ever since NCAD set up in Th(...)

Philomena Lynott poses with the Phil Lynott statue in 2013. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A landmark statue of Dublin rock star Phil Lynott will is due to be removed for repairs on Wednesday after being damaged by a motorist. The 2.4-metre (...)

Danny O’Donoghue from The Script busking on Grafton Street. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

In what has almost become a Christmas Eve tradition, singer Glen Hansard led a rabble of musicians in song to a crowd of hundreds on Dublin’s Grafton (...)

Jimmy White still believes he can make an impact at the World Championships, depsite not having competed in the tournament since 2006. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The Whirlwind stands there. Black jacket, white shirt. Hands drilled into his pockets, the mischievous grin. Jimmy White. You can’t quite remember how(...)

Capital Radio DJ Colm Hayes before the station went on air in July 1989. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

The first song played on independent radio in Ireland was Phil Lynott’s Old Town. I know, I was there, on the roof of St Stephen’s Green shopping c(...)