Phil Lynott Statue, Dublin
This is a popular statue to visit and it does not speak to politics, but music. It seems that very little is made of this musician, although I am advised that if you know him and you visit Dublin, you will visit the statue.
I did struggle to find any tourist information about him when in the city.
Every time I visit Dublin, I have to visit this statue/pay homage to one of my musical heroes-Philip Parris Lynott (20 August 1949 – 4 January 1986), one time lead singer and bass player with Thin Lizzy, and one of Dublins favourite sons (He was born in Birmingham, England, but grew up in Crumlin, Dublin, and was responsible for bringing Ireland and Irish music to the masses) A Rocker, A Romantic, A Poet - and a charismatic frontman, who influenced many up and coming musicians - many of whom are world renowned today.
I was lucky enough to follow Lizzy through my teen years, and into my early 20's -I saw them 7 times in concert.
Sadly, alcohol and heroin abuse led to Phils untimely death, aged just 36. I was saddened by this, and angry too-such a wasted talent, and I'd never get to see him play or sing again - this marked the end of an era for me.
His grave is at St Fintans cemetery in Sutton
This life size statue was sculptured by Paul Daly, and was was cast in bronze by Leo Higgins, at the Cast Foundry on South Brown Street in 'The Liberties' area of Dublin.
It was unveiled on 19th August 2005, by his mother Philomena, watched by a huge crowd, that included friends and old band members (who went on to play a tribute concert). The statue resides outside Bruxelles bar on Harry Street, just off Grafton Street. The pub has links with Phil and Thin Lizzy -They used to meet here during their time in Dublin.
On one of the walls is a framed article about the statue and on one of the shelves above the bar is the original bronze maquette - it took me a little while to spot it!
I like this statue for its pose, but feel that the eyes are 'dead' and don't capture the cheeky twinkle that is captured on videos and photographs that for me characterized his persona.
It is tradition in Dublin to nick-name the many statues around the city, some aren't too flattering! Phils is honoured by the alternative - Ace with the Bass!
At the city centre of Dublin you can find a statue in memory of the (in)famous Philip Parris Lynott, an Irish singer, bassist, songwriter and poet who won great fame being the front man of Thin Lizzy. Phil Lynott was born in 1949 to a Brazilian father and an Irish mother in England but grew up in Dublin, parented by his grandmother.
He played in several bands before starting Thin Lizzy in 1970. The band's hits include: “The Boys are back in Town”, “Jailbreak”, “Dancing in the Moonlight”, “Rosalie”, “Wild One” and “Whisky in the Jar” (a Rock version of the traditional Irish Folk song).
Phil Lynott was notorious for his excessive life style. In December of 1985 he was taken to hospital suffering from a kindney and liver infection caused by drug and alcohol dependency. He died on January 4th 1986 at the age of only 36 and was buried at Saint Fintan’s Cemetery in Dublin.
In 2005 a life sized bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled at Harry Street in Dublin. Former Thin Lizzy band members (including Gary Moore) attended the ceremony and paid tribute to Phil by performing some songs live.
Phil Lynott was the wild and infamous lead singer of one of Ireland's most famous music groups - Thin Lizzy.
A statue in his honour has been erected outside Bruxelles bar close to the Westbury Hotel.
Dublin's newest statue (aug 2005) is located at the corner of Grafton Street and Harry street.
Phil Lynott was a member of the seminal rock group 'Thin Lizzy' and was brought up in the hard Dublin back-streets. It is good to see Dublin honouring this skilled musician, but it is also an unitentional warning to Dublin's current youth - Phil died at the tender age of 36 after years of chronic drug addiction.
On the day of the unveiling I heard his mother being interviewed on thr radio. She remarked that she didn't normally look at Dublin's statue, except for O'connell, and he was "Full of ***e", she corrected herself, a little mischeiviously by saying "Bird ***e, that is, always covered in it". I suspect Phil's impressive mop may suffer from the same problem.