Lynott son's joy as
Phil's family recognise him
By Ken Sweeney
Irish Independent, Monday
July 26 2010
THE son of Phil Lynott
has spoken of his happiness after finally being acknowledged by the
family of the singer.
Macdaragh Lambe made newspaper headlines in 2003 when he was revealed as
Lynott's only son.
yesterday his existence had never been publicly acknowledged by Phil
Lynott's mother Philomena.
But in an interview
with a Sunday newspaper yesterday, Mrs Lynott broke her seven-year
"I can answer you
straightforward. Yes, he is Philip's son. Oh yeah, without a doubt. He
has the same thumbs, like Philip used to slam the bass guitar, and
eyes," she said.
Her comments are of
huge significance to Mr Lambe, who earlier this year became a father.
Speaking to the Irish
Independent last night, he said: "This is the first public
acknowledgement the Lynott family have given me. I'm delighted, but more
so for my son. It's going to be a lot easier for him now to say who he
It was the artist's
birth mother who contacted him with the news of Mrs Lynott's comments.
Mr Lambe was born in
Dublin in 1968 as a result of a relationship between his mother and
Lynott, then a struggling musician.
"I have a super
relationship with my birth mother now, but at the time I was born, her
father was a colonel in the Army and having a child out of wedlock
wasn't possible," he said.
Given up for adoption,
he was brought up by loving parents Oliver and Martina Lambe in Co
"All my life
growing up, people told me I looked like Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy, so
you can imagine what I thought when, after my parents died when I was
35, I tracked down the adoption papers and saw my father's name on the
page was 'Philip' and his occupation was 'musician'. I thought how many
black musicians could there have been working in Dublin in 1968 named
Philip? That's when I said to myself, 'My dad is Phil Lynott'."
This was confirmed when
Mr Lambe met his birth mother, who told him that Lynott was his father.
Mrs Lynott's other
revelations yesterday, that Phil Lynott had a half-brother and a
half-sister, who she gave up for adoption, were already known by Mr
The 41-year-old said he
met Lynott's half-brother at the funeral of Philomena's partner, Denis
Keely, last January. "For both of us it was a really strange day. I
went to funeral and at the reception, Philomena introduced us. It was
very brief. We both just laughed and said, 'well how are you
doing?'," he said.
Last April, Mr Lambe
and his partner were overjoyed at the birth of their baby son Rory.
However, he spoke of his sadness that Lynott, who died in 1986 aged 36,
was not around to see his grandson.
"My son was born
with a head of black hair. I would love Phil to have been there, for him
and for me. That said, it was the most amazing feeling. I suppose as an
adopted child, you want to hold your child a bit more," he said.
Ken Sweeney Entertainment Reporter
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