The life-size bronze sculpture of the Thin Lizzy frontman had to be removed from its Harry St hang-out in the centre of Dublin in May for repairs after it was knocked to the ground and cracked.
But, as few could resist saying yesterday, the boy was back in town and ready for more dancing in the moonlight when the stature was revealed, fully restored, polished up and this time reinforced on a solid new plinth to ensure he won’t be toppled again.
Equally solid is the following Philo has even 27 years after his death.
They were an eclectic mix of smart-suited business types, elegant young women and greying rockers in faded concert t-shirts who remembered the heyday first-hand.
A clearly moved Philomena Lynott, thanked them all heartily for helping her keep her son’s memory alive. “I don’t know how to begin. I am shaken,” she said. “We lost Philip 27 years ago and you all started writing to me, telling me you wanted him commemorated, sending money, running concerts in your home towns. That is why he is here today.”
Philomena has never shied away from the reason why her son isn’t here in real life. “I loved him dearly and I hope that the mothers and fathers in the audience will teach their children what the dangers of drugs are,” she said, before unveiling the statue with a tender caress of the shoulder.
For life-long Lizzy fans, brothers Peter and John McCrodden from Dublin, it was a pleasure to welcome Philo back. Peter was particularly happy with the chance to show off his new leather jacket, complete with the band’s name spelled out in 300 silver studs on the back.
“My daughter gave it me for my 60th birthday. Our 60th birthday,” he corrected himself, introducing brother John. “We’re twins. We’re Twin Lizzy! We have a tribute band. Well, in our dreams we do. We do air guitar in the living room.”
When not meeting up with John to replay their 75 vinyl Lizzy LPs, Peter is principal of St Andrew’s National School in Bray.
“My own kids love the band and my nine-week-old grandson wouldn’t sleep recently so I sang him two Thin Lizzy LPs and he settled no problem so it’s carrying on to the next generation.”
A free Phil Lynott birthday party tribute concert hosted by Philomena Lynott will take place in the Bloody Stream in Howth this Sunday, two days before he would have turned 64.