Due to phenomenal public demand and boosted by the popularity of Philomena Lynotts book My Boy, Still in Love with You: The Philip Lynott Exhibition has extended its stay at The Stephens Green Shopping Centre in Dublin for a further six weeks. The exhibition, which has been garnering rave reviews since it first opened, will now run until Sunday, June 12th 2011. Launched back in March the exhibitions popularity has gone from strength to strength with many people wondering if it is going to become a permanent fixture.
The Philip Lynott Exhibition is being touted as the biggest ever collection of memorabilia, song lyrics, exhibits, paintings, tributes and photographs of the Thin Lizzy front man. Rock enthusiasts, music fans, tourists, schools and families have all flocked to the critically acclaimed exhibition to honour Philip Lynott, with many visitors coming to Dublin specially to relive the magical and momentous times in the life of Ireland’s iconic rock legend. That number is set to increase with the latest extension of the exhibition until June. 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 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 its visitors on an amazing journey through the past, telling the unique story of Philip Lynott and giving us a glimpse of what life was like for the late legend. The exhibition is located at the Creative Space at the top of Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, which was custom built especially for the exhibition and took 3 months to construct.
The exhibition contains many must see items for any fan with everything from Phil’s guitars, basses and other equipment on show. Directly opposite there are tour jackets once worn by the legend. There are even flight cases used by Thin Lizzy, lyric books written by Phil showcasing some of their most popular songs, tour ledgers and receipts and other curios from their time on the road touring, school reports from Phils youth as well as his shares in Manchester United Football club. The exhibition has a very personal feel as many of his personal letters, cards and other unique items collected by his mother Philomena and numerous other friends and colleagues over the years are on show.
It gives a unique insight into his life and we see a softer side to him that many people may not have experienced before or may not be aware of. As well as delving into the past the exhibition also features a huge amount of previously unseen 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. As well as the interviews there are other interactive features included in the exhibition such as the virtual diary in which fans can browse through some of Phil’s personal diaries and read some of his innermost thoughts.