Phil Lynott’s Old Town

Phil Lynott was the lead singer and bassist of Thin Lizzy. The Irish rock group was founded by Dubliner Phil and found success with hits including The Boys are Back in Town and Jailbreak.

Phil went on to record solo albums, the second of which featured the song Old Town. The video for the song was shot entirely in Dublin city in 1982, it features a scene with Phil walking through a busy Grafton Street much to the delight of the people he passes by.

To listen to a great song and get a glimpse of Grafton Street over 30 years ago just press play!

(Grafton Street scene begins at 1:10)

Laura Finn


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About Grafton Street

Grafton Street was named after Henry FitzRoy, The 1st Duke of Grafton, he was the illegitimate son of Charles II of England who owned land in the area and was developed from a country lane by the Dawson family in 1708, after whom the parallel Dawson Street is named.

Grafton Street runs from the top of St. Stephen's Green to (Trinity) College Green.