The Philip Lynott Exhibition
THE EXHIBITION HAS NOW RETURNED TO THE SHOPPING CENTRE FOR A LIMITED RUN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2012
The Philip Lynott Exhibition, the biggest ever collection of memorabilia, song lyrics, exhibits, paintings, tributes and photographs of the late rock legend, was seen by thousands from Ireland and abroad in a very special exhibition in the capital. The initiative is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Council, Dublin Tourism and RTE 2fm.
The entrance to St.Stephen's Green Shopping Centre
Rock enthusiasts, music fans, tourists, schools and families have all flocked to the critically acclaimed exhibition to honour Philip Lynott. Still In Love With You: The Philip Lynott Exhibition opened its doors to rave reviews from the media and public alike (see quotes below), with many visitors coming to Dublin specially to relive the magical and momentous times in the life of Ireland's iconic rock legend. Now, due to popular demand, The Philip Lynott Exhibition is extending its run by a further 4 weeks.
"The reaction has been amazing," said Niall Stokes of Hot Press. "There has been a steady stream of visitors, many of them coming from overseas, and everyone has been raving about the quality of the exhibition. We set out to create something that Irish people could feel proud of and I think we have done that. We are hugely gratified – and also humbled – by the enormously positive reaction. In addition to enabling everyone in Ireland who is interested in music to catch the exhibition, extending the run will create the opportunity for fans to travel in even greater numbers from the UK and further afield, and so we are really pleased that we have been able to make this happen."
2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the Thin Lizzy singer and the exhibition gives a unique insight into the background, work and life of Ireland’s pioneering rock star. The Philip Lynott Exhibition brings visitors on an amazing journey telling the unique story of Philip Lynott, and the Creative Space at the top of Stephen's Green Shopping Centre – which was custom built and took 3 months to construct – plays host to the exhibition.
The exhibition is home to the biggest ever collection of memorabilia, song lyrics, exhibits, paintings, tributes and photographs of the late rock legend. Presented by Hot Press, the initiative is supported by The Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Council, Dublin City BID, Dublin Tourism, Jameson, The Irish Daily Star and RTÉ 2fm, and has already been seen by thousands from Ireland and abroad.
Along with guitars, basses and other equipment used by Philip Lynott, there are also tour jackets worn by the singer, flight cases used by Thin Lizzy, lyric books, tour ledgers and receipts, school reports and Lynott's shares in Manchester United Football Club on display – as well as personal letters, cards and other unique items collected by his mother Philomena and numerous other friends and colleagues over the years. It also feature a huge amount of new material from the Hot Press archives, as well as additional photographs, original paintings and other exclusive artwork. There are also video installations and other audio-visual material, including interviews with Bono, Imelda May, Joe Elliot and many more.
A huge amount of material relating to Ireland’s most romantic rock hero has been uncovered from the archives, to form a must-see exhibition, which has attracted visitors in their droves from Ireland and internationally. The exhibition has already attracted visitors from the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Serbia, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, the USA, Canada and many more countries around the world, as well as from all over the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
In what is a remarkable reflection of the renewed interest in Philip Lynott and his background, the newly updated My Boy by Philomena Lynott has been selling exceptionally well, holding down the No.2 spot in the Non Fiction Paperback best-sellers in Ireland for the past three weeks. In it, Philomena Lynott, for the first time, tells the astonishing story of Philip's sister Jeanette and his brother Leslie, who were given up for adoption in the early 1950s.
A new Thin Lizzy Greatest Hits album was released on April 4th.
The Philip Lynott Exhibition is open daily. For more see www.philiplynottexhibition.com
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE PHILIP LYNOTT EXHIBITION...
"Comprehensive, informative and pure rock 'n’ roll, this is the definitive Phil Lynott story." - Ryan Tubridy, RTÉ 2fm
“The best and most authentic rock exhibition I’ve been to" – Tony Fenton, Today FM
"The exhibition reminds us all of just how important Philip was to the industry. His inspiration continues to be felt by many of todays bands. Long live the king." – Roddie Cleere, KCLR / Roisin Dubh Trust
"This show should never end! Dublin needs a permanent nod towards the genius that was Philo and that is Lizzy - Just go see it!"– Marty Miller, Radio Nova
"Hot Press has mounted an impressive and reverential exhibition... It is almost as grand in its own way as the National Library of Ireland's exhibition on the life and work of WB Yeats." – Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times
"I found out things I didn't know, some things I had forgotten and enjoyed the experience profoundly!" – Cathleen Lynott, daughter of Philip
"This is a wonderful collection of memorabilia, photos, original lyrics and tributes to Phil Lynott, who was an icon in the Irish music scene. Phil was one of our musical heroes and it is great that his memory and music lives on through this fascinating exhibition. It gives us great insight into the man, the band and his music." – Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for the Arts, Heritage and An Gaeltacht
"It's a great exhibition, I love it. What's really appealing is how interactive it is, especially for the children – and the cinema area as well. It breaks up the whole journey nicely.
I love the cabinets and the depth of field they give the guitars, because you usually don't get to see the back of them. So you get to see the whole juxtaposition between the guitars. I love how the managers have kept the receipts, all the big bar bills! It's brilliant. I think it's a great exhibition, especially the bronze work. And some of the artwork that's been commissioned is great" - Marti Pellow, formally of Wet Wet Wet
"Magnificent, majestic, almost mystical... it truly captures Phil's spirit." – Brush Shiels
"I really enjoyed the exhibition. I found it very comprehensive, interesting, classy, poignant, well laid-out in a perfect space – and it fair warmed my heart that the great man can still pull a crowd." – Paul Charles, one of Europe's leading music agents and successful author
"I was taken by surprise by the reach and range of the show – a credit to all of us who are hoarders! – and by how moving it was to see and remember such joys and achievements. Though it's a memorial tribute, there was a life in that space. Hats off to those who assembled it! It was fascinating to look at this exhibition through the eyes of my eighteen-year-old daughter. She knew the great songs, of course, but she kept repeating, 'I didn't know he was so beautiful'. I guess I always did. It's a goodness to have this confirmation and reminder." – Peter Fallon, poet and friend of Philip Lynott
“I loved it. Congratulations to everyone who put it together. It’s great." – Terry O’Neill - Thin Lizzy's first manager
“I had a quick look around and found it thought-provoking and moving. I’m looking forward to spending more time there.” – Dave Heffernan, maker of the legendary ‘Old Town’ video
“It’s a brilliant exhibition. It’s an incredible achievement. Phil would love it… love it! So a big thanks is due to Hot Press and everybody involved in putting it together.” – Frank Murray, former Thin Lizzy road manager
"It's just beautiful, It'll be very emotional for the hard core Lizzy fan looking
at the black coat he wore in the Old Town video, the guitars – and even the 'Where's Gus' tour jacket! It's a really great exhibition." – Noel McHale, promoter (MCD)
"I thought it was excellent in every way... The detail is amazing. I brought my son and daughter and they had a ball checking out all the displays. I was most happy and proud to have been there at such an event – and I’m sure Philip would agree." - Fran Quigley, boss of CAVS
“Anybody who has an interest in Philip should see it.” - Smiley Bolger, founder of the Vibe for Philo
Brian Downey (left) and Smiley Bolger toast their friend.
Philip was a Manchester United supporter
The shares certificate
The original backdrop logo used during Live and Dangerous