The Boy is Back in Town

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Dublin City Council is delighted to announce the unveiling  of the reinstated Philip Parris Lynott statue on Dublin’ s Harry Street on Thursday 15th August at 11.00am.
The much loved artwork of the Thin Lizzy star, created by artist Paul Daly was originally unveiled in 2005 and has become one of the city’s most popular public sculptures with fans coming from far and wide to see it.
Sadly the statue suffered severe damage in May of this year, when it was pushed over, and had to be removed for repair. The repair work was skilfully carried out at CAST Bronze Foundry and the statue has now been returned to its original place on Harry Street, just off Grafton Street.
The unveiling will take place in the company of special guest Ms Philomena Lynott, mother of Philip, and Councillor Mary Freehill, representing Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn.
Councillor Freehill said “It gives me great pleasure to join with Philip’s mother, Philomena, in the unveiling of the fully restored statue of Philip today.  Everyone was disappointed when the statue was damaged and Dublin City Council had to remove it for repair.  Now it is back in its rightful place here in the centre of Dublin on Harry Street. The Boy Back is Back in Town! “
“I look forward to a great line up of events from Thursday through to Sunday to mark the statue of Philip going back in its rightful place. It was the fans and their tireless efforts to raise funds for the statue that put it there in the first place and I will always be so grateful to them for that support. I want to thank Leo Higgins and the team in Cast Foundry for all the hard work fixing Philip, they have done a great job. I also want to say thanks to all who have helped getting the statue back to us so that visitors from home and abroad can enjoy having their picture taken with him again. The Old Town just hasn't been the same without him”, said Ms. Lynott.


Notes to the Editor:

The City Council approved the erection of a statue of Philip Parris Lynott in February 2001 by the Roisin Dubh Trust. A competition was held to select an artist to sculpt the statue. Mr. Paul Daly was commissioned to sculpt the chosen piece. This was Mr. Daly’s first major public work.  The hand chiseled circular Dublin granite plinth was the work of Thomas Glendon.

The Philip Parris Lynott statue was installed and unveiled in August 2005.
Philip Parris Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy are regarded as the first Irish rock band to make it on the International scene. They not only gave an army of fans around the world huge amounts of pleasure, they also left behind a legacy of great songs and were a tremendous influence on many of today's bands.