Lynott’s mum gives son’s grave a kicking

The mother of Thin Lizzy star Phil Lynott still visits his grave in North Dublin on a daily basis — and usually gives it a kick when she’s leaving.




After 36 years, Philomena Lynott still can’t come to terms with her son’s untimely death.

The ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ hitmaker died of complications from pneumonia and heart failure following years of drug abuse on Jan 4, 1986, aged just 36.

Despite the time that has passed, the rocker’s mum admits she is still struggling with her grief, and she visits his final resting place on a daily basis to honour his memory.

The 81-year-old told BBC News: “I still listen to his music every single day and I’m able to visit his grave as it’s only around the corner from my house in Sutton, Co Dublin. I go over and I pour water on to his gravestone. I call it washing his face. Then when I leave I give him a kick... for breaking my heart.”

Phil himself had a house in nearby Howth, where he often played with a local traditional music group, as well as another in London, where Philomena found him seriously ill just before Christmas 1985.

Last month, an irate Philomena slammed US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for using her son’s music in his campaign without seeking permission.

Romney and his vice-presidential pick Paul Ryan have been arriving onstage at rallies to the strains of the 1977 Thin Lizzy hit ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’.

She said: “I’m really upset at Phil’s music being used in a political way that he himself would not have approved of. As far as I’m concerned, Mitt Romney is opposed to gay marriage and to civil unions for gays. Phil himself had some great gay friends, as indeed I do. They all deserve equal treatment in every respect.”

More recently, Phil’s ex-wife Caroline, by whom he had two daughters, also lodged a legal objection over the use of Lynott’s music in the campaign.

But Romney and his team have ignored her instructions so far and have continued to use his music, as well as that of rockers such as AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.


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