The Boy is Back in Town!
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!
Are you ready to rip it off! Unveiling in 2005.
What is the world’s tallest sculpture?
Well you might be surprised to know that it is The Monument of Light (better known as The Spire) on O’Connell Street, Dublin. It’s just one little gem of information that I found when I was researching my e-book ‘Dublin – Walking With Words’ which will be available in May/June!
Trinity College – front entrance
The guide covers Dublin, and in it you meet many of its most famous sons and daughters and hear what the city meant to them – in their own Words. It takes you on a stroll through its history where you meet James Joyce, WB Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Brendan Behan, Elizabeth Bowen, Phil Lynott, Molly Malone and many others. You will find out where they lived and worked, and how the city influenced them in their artistic endeavors. Whether it was in the Georgian heartland of Merrion Square, along the Grand Canal, Trinity College or some favourite watering-hole, all these places have a story to tell, and with photographs and maps they are brought to life.
The guide is divided into five sections, each one taking about fifty minutes to complete – depending, of course, on how long you may decide to linger in some friendly pub or restaurant and enjoy the atmosphere!
So, if you have a little time in Dublin and wish to ‘get to know the place’ better than some of the locals, then put on your comfortable shoes and ‘Walk the Walk’. (Check out the video below for a preview of your ‘Walk‘. I am very thankful to Derek Gleeson for his kind permission to use his composition as a soundtrack.)