- 04 Jan 10
There was a strong turn-out at the funeral today of Denis Keeley, which took place at the Church of the Assumption in Howth.
Denis was best known in Irish music circles as the long-term partner of Philomena Lynott, whose "My Boy" was published by Hot Press and went to No.2 in the Irish best sellers. The Church of the Assumption is the church at which both Philip Lynott and Bill Graham of Hot Press were mourned.
Philip's wife Caroline, grand son Cassian, and his daughters Sara and Cathleen travelled from the UK for the funeral. Also among the mourners were former Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey and his wife Lorraine, as well as numerous Lizzy associates, among them Mighty Stef manager Frank Murray, artist Jim Fitzpatrick, personal manager Gus Curtis, Roisin Dubh webmaster Roddy Cleere, Eilish McCourtney BAldwin, Julian Baldwin, Macdarragh Healy-Lamb and organiser of the Vibe For Philo, Smiley Bolger.
The Vibe For Philo takes place tonight at The Button Factory and features The Hoodoo Rhythm Devils, who will perform Live and Dangerous, Yellow Pearl, Metallitia, Irish outfit Tupelo, the Barry Whyte Band, and Dave Morrissey, whose debut album Bring Out The Light is scheduled for spring release, among numerous others.
"The death has taken place of the long time partner of Philomena Lynott, Dennis Keeley," a statement issued on behalf of Philomena said. "Dennis had bravely battled cancer for some time but finally secumbed early on New Years day. Dennis who was 79, will be cremated following a service at St. Assumpta's Church in Howth on January 4th which, ironically coincides with the 24th anniversary of Philip Lynott. Thin Lizzy fans from across the globe will gather in Dublin to pay their respects to both Philip and Denis. May he rest in peace."
(Pictured: the late Denis Keeley with Philomena Lynott)