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'Formidable' mother of Thin Lizzy star Lynott dies after cancer battle

Philomena Lynott
Philomena Lynott
Phil Lynott

By Callum Lavery

Tributes have been paid to the mother of the late Thin Lizzy star Phil Lynott, who has died at the age of 88.

Philomena Lynott passed away after battling cancer for a number of years, it was confirmed yesterday.

The Dubliner made the decision not to undergo the "full rigours of chemotherapy" and knew her cancer was terminal, according to Hot Press magazine.

Ms Lynott was born on October 22, 1930, in Crumlin, Dublin.

She gave birth to her son in England in 1949 and sent him to live in Crumlin because she feared he would encounter racial prejudice in Britain.

She opened up about their relationship in her 2011 autobiography My Boy.

Niall Stokes, the editor of Hot Press, confirmed her death as he paid tribute to her.

"She was a formidable and brilliant woman," he said.

"She was hugely determined and courageous and absolutely committed to the campaign to ensure Philip's memory was kept alive and his legacy celebrated.

"Anyone who knew her will have been aware of just how youthful she remained right through to the end.

"She will be hugely missed, not just by fans of Thin Lizzy, but by fans of Philomena Lynott."

In February last year, Ms Lynott was chosen by the Irish National Wax Museum to have a statue made of her.

She admitted at the time that it was emotional to think she would be immortalised beside her musician son, who died in 1986 at the age of 36.

"It's amazing to think that now, on account of him, we're here," she said.

Ms Lynott was a key figure in getting a bronze statue of the Thin Lizzy frontman erected in Dublin in 2005 and had helped to keep his legacy alive.

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