If you are in Dublin in March this looks like something really cool to take in. It in the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre – the fancy ass shopping center at the top of Grafton Street on St. Stephen’s Green.
The Philip Lynott Exhibition – March 2011
Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin, Ireland
Opens Friday March 4th
An exciting new exhibition to honour Irish rock legend Philip Lynott is set to take place in Dublin in 2011.
The Philip Lynott Exhibition, the biggest ever collection of memorabilia, song lyrics, exhibits, paintings, tributes and photographs of the late rock legend, is set to be 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.
2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the Thin Lizzy singer, who died in 1986 – and to mark the anniversary year, Hot Press is mounting a major exhibition, which will give a unique insight into the background, work and life of Ireland’s pioneering rock star.
March 2011 will be designated Philip Lynott Month, and The Philip Lynott Exhibition will have a number of other activities around it, is set to bring Philip centre stage as one of the great Dublin – and Irish – heroes. The Thin Lizz y frontman has been an inspiration to subsequent generations of Irish rockers, while an increasing number of international stars have acknowledged his music as a significant influence.
“There will be a strong emphasis on Philip as a songwriter,” Niall Stokes added. “He was part of a movement which brought songwriting and poetry closer together. He saw himself as a wordsmith, read at poetry readings in Dublin and published his lyrics in book form – and so the exhibition will be part of the programme for the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature celebrations, which are launched this year and will continue into the future, under the auspices of what is a hugely significant permanent designation.”
Along with guitars, basses and other equipment used by Philip Lynott, there will also be tour jackets worn by the singer, flight cases used by Thin Lizzy, lyric books, 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 other friends over the years. It will 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 will also be video installations and other audio-visual material. A new Best of Thin Lizzy album is also set for release in March.
“I’m really thrilled that the exhibition has become a reality,” Philip’s mother, Philomena Lynott, said. “There is a huge feeling of goodwill out there towards Philip and so I think this is going to be an inspiring event for all of the Irish people who loved my son and his music. I’m really looking forward to it.”