Phil Lynott Statue Back In The Old Town

Annie Taaffe

The statue of Thin Lizzy star, Phil Lynott has been returned to its rightful spot on Harry Street.

The tribute to Rock icon Lynott was damaged last September after it was hit by a truck. It was removed from its site off Dublin’s Grafton Street for repair.

There was major structural damage to the likeness, when it was hit — with Phil’s bass guitar broken and his hand badly smashed.

The council told media at the time it would take four to five weeks to be fixed. It took a little longer than expected but ‘The Boy Is Back In Town’.

Photo Credit: William Murphy

The popular statue was originally unveiled in 2005 by Lynott’s mother, Philomena. It has been removed for repair a number of times since, and Philomena was on hand again yesterday to welcome the statue back.

“Everyone loves Philip,” she told those gathered around.

The statue was sculpted by Paul Daly for the Róisín Dubh trust, which commemorates the life and work of Lynott.

Dublin rockers, Thin Lizzy formed in the late sixties with front man Phil Lynott and drummer Brian Downey meeting while still in school.

They released 12 studio albums over the course of their career. They are known for hits like the anthem Whiskey in the JarJailbreakThe Boys Are Back In Town and of course Dancing in the Moonlight.

Lynott passed away in 1986 and various incarnations of the band emerged over the years.

Photo Credit: Phil Guest


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