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Monday 23 July 2018

'Amazing that I'll be beside Phil for ever' - Lizzy legend mum

Philomena Lynott with her wax double next to Phil’s replica
Philomena Lynott with her wax double next to Phil’s replica

The mother of rock star Phil Lynott has said it is emotional to think she is beside her son for ever after her waxwork was unveiled in the capital.

Philomena Lynott's replica will stand beside that of the late Thin Lizzy frontman in the National Wax Museum Plus.

At the unveiling, Ms Lynott said it was touching to think she is being immortalised thanks to the rock star who died more than 30 years ago.

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

Emotional

"Everybody loves Phil. He was a great son and we loved each other, and it's heartening to know that my boy is still loved and it's so emotional to think that I'm now beside him for ever more. Thank you."

Phil Lynott died in 1986, and a bronze statue of him stands just off Grafton Street in Dublin.

The wax figure of Ms Lynott was created by Irish sculptor PJ Heraty.

Wax museum director Paddy Dunning described Ms Lynott as "a rebel".

"It's relevant at this time, with women striving for equality, to celebrate Philomena's struggle with all of the challenges she has come across," he said.

"As we know, this world has been very tough on women, but we see major changes now and equal- ity is at the forefront, where it should be, and I think it's overdue that we at the museum celebrate women."

Ms Lynott recalled the difficulty she faced as an unmarried mum in the late 1940s. "With the terrible treatment I got, thank God my mother decided to raise him in Dublin," she said.

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