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Statement on the death of Philomena Lynott

Date: Wed 12th Jun, 2019 | 18:59

It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Philomena Lynott, campaigner, author and mother of the late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott. 

Meeting Philomena Lynott I was struck by her sense of humour, and the resilience which she summoned and on which she had to call many times in seeking to overcome the difficulties in her life. 

She is owed a debt of gratitude for her unstinting campaign to keep Phil Lynott’s legacy foremost in the public mind, and for her prominent role in public advocacy campaigns, including for the rights of members of the LGBT community and against drug use. 

It was a privilege to have met Philomena and to share parts of her life’s journey.

She will be missed not only most acutely by her family and friends, but also by the many who have admired her strength of character.