Phil Lynott statue damaged by motorist, removed for repairs

Bronze tribute to Thin Lizzy frontman previously damaged in 2013 by vandals

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

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 bronze statue of the Thin Lizzy frontman on Harry Street, near Grafton Street, was damaged in recent weeks.

The impact broke part of the piece’s bronze bass guitar.

It’s the second time the statue has had to be repaired. In 2013, vandals knocked it off its plinth causing extensive damage.

On this occasion, the statue was accidentally damaged by a motorist who came forward and accepted responsibility. It will now be removed and taken to the Cast Ltd foundry for repairs.

Dublin City Council said on Wednesday that the repair work and re installation should be carried out in four to five weeks.

The Phil Lynott statue has become a Dublin landmark since its erection in 2005. The piece was sculpted by Paul Daly for the Róisín Dubh trust, which was set up to commemorate the life and work of Lynott.

His mother Philomena is aware of the latest damage and was delighted that the motorist in question took responsibility following the accident.