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Tuesday 6 December 2016

The bass is back in town as Phil Lynott's iconic guitars displayed

14/07/2015 Phil Lynott's mother Philomena Lynott & Paddy Dunning during a hand over of Thin Lizzy/ Phil Lynnott guitars & memorabilia at Temple Lane Studios, Dublin to mark the opening of a new Irish Rock & Roll Museum. The guitars and memorabilia will be
14/07/2015 Phil Lynott's mother Philomena Lynott & Paddy Dunning during a hand over of Thin Lizzy/ Phil Lynnott guitars & memorabilia at Temple Lane Studios, Dublin to mark the opening of a new Irish Rock & Roll Museum. The guitars and memorabilia will be
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The Bass is back in town.

Three of rock star Phil Lynott's iconic bass guitars have been donated to the Irish Rock'n'Roll Museum Experience in Temple Bar.

Philomena Lynott, the mother of the Thin Lizzy frontman (inset), donated the guitars along with several of the singer's stage jackets and a school report from Lynott's days at the Christian Brothers in Crumlin.

According to the report, the Whiskey in the Jar singer was an accomplished mathematician but his knowledge of the Irish language left a lot to be desired.

Philomena said she had found "peace of mind" after donating the items.

She nearly lost the precious memorabilia in 2013, when her Sutton home was burgled on her 83rd birthday.

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"I didn't care what the burglars took as long as they didn't get Philip's guitars," she told the Herald.

"Since then, all the things have been minded by a special friend. It gives me peace of mind to know they are here."

Since her son's death in 1986, Philomena has been approached several times regarding the possibility of auctioning the guitars.

"I was never tempted to sell or auction them. God no," she said.

"I wanted them to be in a museum because Philip is so special and his music is so special. I wanted fans to be able to see them."

The museum is run in conjunction with the Temple Bar Recording Studios - the venue where Lynott recorded some of his final material.

A pair of Michael Jackson's paisley pyjama bottoms are also on display.

The King of Pop spent six months in Westmeath in 2006 at Grouse Lodge.

The curator of the Irish Rock'n'Roll Museum Experience, Paddy Dunning, worked closely with Jackson, who gifted him the PJs.

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