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March is Philip Lynott Month in Dublin

By Dublin Expert: Rob, Ireland, March 2011

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Would you like to sample again some 'Whiskey in the Jar'! Are you a rock music fan or more specifically an Irish Rock and Irish music fan? Well, march is the month to come to Dublin, Ireland; for the month of march has been designated 'Philip Lynott month'. 

Yes, to mark the 25th anniversary of the premature passing of this musical icon, a treasure trove of memorabilia can be seen in Saint Stephen's Green Shopping Centre.

If you need reminding, he was IRELAND'S first ROCK SUPERSTAR before Bono of U2 and contributed to a fusion of Irish Folk and Rock via the seminal and timeless hit, 'Whiskey in the Jar'. So relive amid this groundbreaking exhibition the colossus of the man, his music and take a dram of his hot whiskey again.

It doesn't seem like 25 years since he passed away; and 'though Dublin has changed a lot since then, this exhibition should throw some light on the Dublin and the Ireland of the 70's and 80's which were a silent witness to the highs and lows of his life and career!

Consisting of letters, extensive photographs, exclusive artwork, copybook's of lyrics, memorabilia and items from his school days, and personal and family possessions, specially made available by his mother, it will be a rollercoaster of a ride through the artistic arcade, in which Phil wandered; the black leather clad musical artiste - pioneering rock star - shimmering and glittering like a panther on stage, will be rekindled on the merry go round of nostalgia and memory.

The location of the exhibition - Saint Stephen's Green - is most apt and appropriate, for this is the vicinity and stomping ground of Phil, in his heyday. Just metres from here in Harry Street, is that rockers pub Bruxelles in Harry Street off Grafton Street (home of Buskers) - in which, one will find pundits decked out in the black leather jacket - outside of which, is an evocative statue of the eponymous hero; the first sign that Dublin has started to finally 'wake up' and give recognition to his talent and uniqueness. And another street off Grafton Street - Anne Street - with associations with him is nearby (the once famous McGonagles is long gone however!). And of course the Shopping Centre itself, touches onto the site of the old Dandelion Flea Market, in which, he undoutedly would have mingled!

So remember ''Whiskey in the Jar", "Sarah", "The boys are back in town" etc? If you don't, now is the time to become acquainted. What better way than through this exhibition and footing out his own stomping ground this month! And seeing as March is the month of Saint Patrick, when everyone wants to be Irish, you could 'Drown the shamrock', have a pint of the black stuff, and sample the dram, that made Phil Lynott a part of not only the Irish rock story, but Irish music's story... the story of the Irish.....

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