The King is back, long live the King. After three months on unplanned tour Phil Lynott’s statue is ‘home’ on Harry Street. It was vandalised by a couple of drunken idiots who were more than just ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ when they damaged the statue last May. What muppets? For those fans who came to pay their respects to the Thin Lizzy frontman during the summer, a temporary sign informed them that ‘The Boy is Out of Town – Philo is gone on holidays with his Ma – Back Soon’. Thankfully, an anonymous donor gave €4,000 so that the statue could be repaired, and Cast Foundry have certainly done Paul Daly’s original work proud. This boy is no longer cracking up!
The empty space had been impossible to ignore and a painful reminder of how quickly we lost the great man himself. He was only 36, no age at all, and his statue, when it was unveiled on 18 Aug 2005 (Philo’s birthday is August 20th), was a happy and joyous evening. The streets were packed as his mother Philomena, with former Thin Lizzy members in attendance, unveiled the bronze statute to loud roars of delight. It has since become iconic, and a hardly a day goes by that flowers are not placed on it. Philo always had a special place in his heart for Dublin, and we all missed him while he was ‘on tour’. So, spread the word around -The Boy is definitely Back in Town!