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Tuesday 17 October 2017

The boy is back in town – as statue of Thin Lizzy's Phil is unveiled again

THE boy is back in town. Phil Lynott's statue was unveiled in Dublin city centre for the second time today.

The rock star's mother and fans celebrated as his monument took pride of place again on Harry Street, just off Grafton Street.

Damaged last May, the iconic statue has been missing for the past three months as it underwent repairs after being toppled from its plinth.

However, it was returned to its rightful place outside Bruxelles Bar in front of hundreds of Thin Lizzy fans and special guest Ms Philomena Lynott, Philip's mother, and Councillor Mary Freehill, representing Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn.

"The Old Town just hasn't been the same without Phil," joked Ms Lynott (82), namechecking 'Old Town' – her son's timeless tribute to his native city.

The unveiling kicked off a series of events in Dublin this week, from Thursday to Saturday, marking Phil Lynott's birthday on August 20.

Knocked from its plinth on May 10, a mystery donor paid the €4,000 cost to Leo Higgins, of Cast Foundry, to repair the landmark likeness.

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