'She had a special buzz - Philip had it too, but his mum had it first'
Friends and family of Philomena Lynott, the mother of Thin Lizzy front-man Phil Lynott, gathered yesterday to pay their respects and said her death "marked the end of an era".
The 88-year-old was reposing at Staffords Funeral Home in Portmarnock, Co Dublin, following her death last Wednesday.
Nephew Graham Lynott told the Herald: "It's the end of an era, she was a very well-known celebrity in latter years more in her own right, and in keeping Philip's light alive.
"She sure left a mark behind," he added.
Her long-time friend, musician Jimmy Coup, told of her "generous spirit" and how she had penned a reference for him when he was emigrating to Ireland from America.
"We all knew her as Ma. She wrote the letter that got me through emigration here," he said.
"In it, she wrote: 'Jimmy has been like a son to me'.
"The people that know her or knew her all had a special relationship with her and she made each one of us feel like we were the only one at whatever moment was going on.
"That is a special buzz and Philip had that too - but she had it first. She really showed us how to grow old; she made an example for all of us on how to grow old."
He first met Ms Lynott when he visited Phil's grave while in Ireland to attend the Vibe for Philo festival, which commemorates his legacy every year.
"I went up to her and asked if she was Mrs Lynott. And we both burst into tears so we went to the grave. She invited me to the house for tea and the rest is history," he said.
Ms Lynott's funeral mass will be held today at noon at St Fintan's Church in Sutton.