HBy Dr. Niall McElwee originally posted on LinkedIn

Back in the day, I met a rock star called Phil Lynott in a cafe in Dublin and rather cheekily sat down and had coffee with him and a chat about the music business. I was an aspiring drummer up in Dublin to visit a particular music instrument store on the hunt for a ride cymbal and he was a guitar hero. Then, many years later, I met his mother. Nothing particularly strange in that one might think, but it’s the context of meeting his mother that is of note.
In Ireland, the rock band Thin Lizzy has gone down in music history. Songs such as ‘Chinatown’, ‘Killer on the Loose’, ‘Jailbreak’, ‘The Boys are Back in Town’, ‘Waiting for an Alibi’, ‘Sarah’ and ‘Parisenne Walkways’ are regularly cited by other leading musicians as being hugely influential on their careers and by rock journalists as being seminal songs. When internationally famous musicians such as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi come to Dublin, Ireland they regularly visit and pay homage in a little house in a village called Howth. In that house lives the mother of Phillip Lynott. We don’t tend to hear much about the parents of famous musicians, sports starts or movie stars, so I thought I might do just that in this article.

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