- 18 Dec 19
We're looking back on the most surprising, shocking and polarising music news of the year.
The rock 'n' roll world was deeply saddened in July when Philomena Lynott passed away aged 88.
Often referred to as Ireland's Queen of Rock, she had been the keeper of the Thin Lizzy flame since her beloved Phil passed away in 1986.
"The last time she was on my show, she spoke about having to give up her other two children for adoption," Miriam O'Callaghan, a major admirer of hers, told Hot Press. "I knew she had cancer at the time so I didn't want to ask her any difficult questions or bring her back to tough times in her life. But she wanted to go there. It was important for her to talk about it all.
"She was so open and honest, so willing to give, and to tell her story. And she was amazingly determined. She singlehandedly, through her love for Phil, kept his memory alive for younger generations now and into the future. That is such an amazing achievement."
And so say all of us!
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