Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott's mother Philomena has died. She was 88.
The Crumlin native gave birth to the Irish rock icon in West Bromwich when she was 18. From the age of 8 he was raised by her parents in Dublin before going on to form Thin Lizzy in 1969.
Philomena Lynott, who wrote about her relationship with her son in her 1995 memoir 'My Boy', had been battling cancer in recent years.
Thin Lizzy fans have been paying tribute to her on social media:
R.I.P Philomena Lynott.
A gracious and graceful guardian of the flame but a remarkable woman in her own right too.
Take a few to read this beautifully told tale from Allan Jones about a visit to her legendary 'Showbiz Hotel' in Manchester.
She was such a beautiful character. pic.twitter.com/O91eeSUoic
— 📻 Ed Smith 📻 (@edsongsofpraise) June 12, 2019
Terribly sad to hear the news of the passing of Philomena Lynott.
May she rest in peace pic.twitter.com/bSFANHazNc
— GoldenPlec (@GoldenPlec) June 12, 2019
Philomena Lynott RIP
— John Kelly tweets (@johnkellytweets) June 12, 2019
Philomena Lynott. I recall her tuning in to FM104 from time to time when I worked there, and contacting us to say thanks when we played her son’s songs. A bizarre memory to pop into my head just now. May she rest in peace 💚 x pic.twitter.com/m4kQWNToKq
— Declan Pierce (@DecPierce) June 12, 2019
Really sorry to hear of the passing of Philomena Lynott, incredible woman who secured her son's memory in the city they both loved. Our sympathies to her family and all who knew her. pic.twitter.com/THKQwIVXiV
— Totally Dublin (@totallydublin) June 12, 2019
— Marty Miller🎙 (@MartyMtweets) June 12, 2019
Sad to hear about the passing of Philomena Lynott -- she always struck me as occupying a really important place in Irish life -- championing Irish music via her son's memory, but also representing changing times in Ireland. And endlessly stylish of course. https://t.co/4nww9GGcxx
— Nadine O'Regan (@NadineORegan) June 12, 2019
God bless Philomena Lynott. pic.twitter.com/2DwydKfZOw
— Gerard Wallace (@flcjacket) June 12, 2019
Apparently Philomena Lynott has died, Phil's mum. She inspired this very lovely song. https://t.co/RenSg6Q2I4
— Garry Brogden (@atomicloonybin) June 12, 2019