Exhibition honouring Lynott to be held in March


AN EXHIBITION to honour the life of Phil Lynott, who died 25 years ago today, is to be held in March.

The Thin Lizzy songwriter and bass guitarist died on January 4th, 1986, 11 days after collapsing at his home in Surrey following a drink and drugs overdose. He was 35.

The exhibition, which runs at the St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre throughout March, will feature guitars, flight cases and other equipment used by Lynott, lyric books, school reports and Lynott’s shares in Manchester United Football Club – as well as personal letters, cards and other items collected by his mother Philomena and other friends over the years.

It includes a picture of Lynott with Bob Geldof at the old Irish Times building on D’Olier Street and material from the Hot Press archives.

The exhibition is being curated by Hot Press magazine and is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Dublin Unesco City of Literature, Dublin City Council, Dublin Tourism and RTÉ 2fm.

“I’m really thrilled that the exhibition has become a reality,” Lynott’s mother, Philomena Lynott, said.

“There is a huge feeling of goodwill out there towards

Philip and so I think this is going to be an inspiring event for all of the Irish people who loved my son and his music. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The 25th anniversary of his death will be remembered tonight at the annual Vibe for Philo in Vicar Street, which is sold out.