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Black Rose Still In Bloom
The Philip Lynott Exhibition is a remarkable tribute to Ireland’s most iconic rock star. For those who have not yet immersed themselves in its powerful narrative, the remaining time is short. With that in mind, we thought it was time to celebrate what has been a brilliant journey for everyone involved.
Craig Fitzpatrick, 26 Aug 2011
Easier said than done. Making this celebration of Philip’s life and times a reality proved a massive undertaking. In creative terms, it has more than paid off, as anyone who has ventured up to the top floor of St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre can attest. The beauty of it was that it quickly became clear that, far from merely assembling some museum piece, a whole new chapter in the book of Lynott and Lizzy was being written.
Plans for The Philip Lynott Exhibition were announced on January 4, the 25th anniversary of the great man’s death. The date was chosen for its resonance with family, friends and fans of Phil, but also to add something positive to the day’s inevitably sad proceedings. And so it did. There was a huge celebration when it launched in the centre of Dublin on March 4, with hundreds thronging onto the top floor in the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre to be the first to experience what was on offer. The reaction that night was immensely positive. All the concerns of the sceptics were answered, and then some. It was an extraordinary and wonderfully fulfilling night for everyone who was involved.
The fact that the exhibition thunders on more than four months later, to a point where it will now open its doors to be part of his birthday celebrations – to honour the very beginning of the legend – feels fitting. It feels right. That was always our hope for the memorial which The Philip Lynott Exhibition represents – to trace a life of great achievements, from inauspicious false-starts to super-stardom and immortality, without shirking from the pain and tragedy but ultimately capturing the light, the hope and the inspiration that Philip Lynott left behind.
“Magnificent, majestic, almost mystical... it truly captures Phil’s spirit.”
So let’s go back to the beginning of the journey. Work on The Philip Lynott Exhibition began following the Music Show in October 2010. The aim? To give a once-in-a-lifetime, wide-ranging, detailed and most importantly personal insight into the man behind the myth.