Census 1911: LYNOTT Gloucester Street Lr, Dublin Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Place of migration
Stayed in Ireland

Frank Lynott aka Francis Lynott (1897-1964) was the maternal grandfather of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott (pictured above) whose Dublin lineage connects him to a number of parishes on both sides of the Liffey.

On August 5th 1923, Frank was living at 33 Thomas Street, Dublin when he married Sarah Finn (1899-?) of Great Bride Street.

Their wedding took place in the church of St Nicholas of Myra on Francis Street, witnessed by Mary B. Finn and Walter Hanophy (Hannify). They had 10 children.

  • In 1930, their youngest daughter Philomena Lynott (the mother of Phil Lynott) was born in the Liberties.

  • In 1934 the family moved to 85 Leighlin Road in Crumlin.

  • In 1947, Philomena (age 17) followed her sisters and brothers to Leeds, England. She was working as a nurse when her mother Sarah, age 51, had a 'late baby' Peter Lynott back in Crumlin.

  • In 1948, in Birmingham, Philomena met Phil Lynott's father, Cecil Parris (who emigrated from Georgetown, British Guiana in 1947).

  • Philip Parris Lynott (1949-1986) was born in England but at age 4 returned to Dublin. 

  • His grandparents Sarah (nee Finn) & Frank Lynott raised him in Crumlin with Peter (just two years older than him) like a brother. 

Frank Lynott was the son of Florence Emily McDermott (1864-1909) & John Francis Lynott (1852-1921) who was a clerk in DUI Co. As was the case for most inner-city Dubliners in rented tenements, they moved frequently. For this reason, their records turn up in a variety of civil parishes. 

  • In 1888, they were residing at 6 George's Place (parish of St George) when their son Henry was born.

  • By the following year, they were in the parish of St Mary at Graham row, and at 5 Henrietta Street in 1895.

  • In 1897, when Frank was born, the family were living at Wellington Place (parish of St Mary).

  • By 1901, the Lynotts were living in Lower Rutland Street (parish of St George) Dublin 1. 

  • In 1909, Florence died young (age 45) and her sister, Jane McDermott (b. 1869) moved in and helped raise the family

  • By 1911 the family were living in Gloucester Street Lower Dublin 8 (parish of St Thomas).

John Francis Lynott (1852-1921) Frank's father was the son of Charles Lynott from Ballina Co. Mayo (see comments below for more about Charles).

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  • The Lynotts settled at an early period in Tirawley, Co. Mayo, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall) they were among several Cambro-Norman families who came to Ireland "Welshmen of Tyrawley" whoc

  • They were cruelly ousted by the Barrett "Welshmen of Tyrawley" - read the SONG OF LYNOTT.  

  • In 1585, their lands were significant enough to be recorded in the Composition Book of Connacht.

  • In 1641, Hubbert Lynott was recorded as a rebel in Co. Mayo.

  • By the 1830s Lynott was most numerous in the Mayo parishes of Crossmolina and Kilfian.

Lynott aka Lionóid son of Lionot (possibly a diminutive of Leonard, certainly from the same root, and meaning 'little lion.'  Spelling variations include Lynot, Lynnott, Lynet or Lynett. They were quite numerous in the counties of Mayo, Donegal and Derry. 

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Additional Information
Date of Birth 10th Oct 1897 VIEW SOURCE
Date of Death 20th May 1964
Associated Building (s) St Nicholas of Myra FRANCIS ST Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy Lead Singer  
Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname) Sarah Finn VIEW SOURCE
Names of Children Philomena Lynott (1930-2019) Peter Lynott (1947-)
Father (First Name/s and Surname) John Francis Lynott (1852-1921) 7 Frederick Lane Dublin 1 VIEW SOURCE
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Florence McDermott (1864-1909) room keeper at 44 Lr Tyrone Street (married 1886). VIEW SOURCE
Names of Siblings Henry Lynott (b. 1888) | Ellen Lynott (b. 1889) | Florence Lynott Jr (b. 1894) | Edward/ Edmund Lynott Jr (b. 1895) | Henry Lynott (7 Frederick Lane Dublin in 1921).
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  • Charles Lynott was a shopkeeper in Ballina , according to his marriage record dating to 1850,

    Charles married Mary Shields in the Church of Ireland, at Kilmoremoy ( Ballina)

    Both Charles and Mary are named on their son John's marriage record, which took

    place in Dublin's Pro Cathedral in1885.

    Charles Lynott 's marriage record, dating to 1850, records his father as John Lynott, whose

    occupation was writing clerk. 

    So  the rock legend's  lineage can be traced back to  Ballina in the 1850s' 


    Carmel Gilbride

    Wednesday 12th August 2020 07:56PM
  • Carmel,

    Thanks for this additional info. We've added Charles Lynott (Phil Lynott's Great-Great-Grandfather) to the Ancestors roll-call for Ballina here:


    Thursday 20th August 2020 07:56AM
  • Hi Carmel

    Have you by any chance looked further back with Charles Lynott, or could you advise how to? As a Lynott I am trying to see If there is a family link to Phil Lynotts family and mine.
    Our family also came from.the Ballina area, more precisely Rathlacken near Killala.
    I'd be interested to know if Charles Lynotts origins where similar.


    Michael Lynott


    Tuesday 20th December 2022 03:09PM
  • Dear Michael, if you would like to know if you are related to Phil Lynott, then you need to work out where your families may intsect. Charles and Mary Lynott had a son John Francis ( 1852-1921) and this is Phil's direct line. So, who is your ancestor that was born about 1852? It would be important to have names and dates for your own direct line. If you would like to post your email address, I will be happy to discuss. Meanwhile happy Christmas!

    Carmel Gilbride

    Friday 23rd December 2022 04:38PM
  • Hi Carmel Thank you for uour response. Yes I am trying to find that possible intersection. My email address is I could send you what info we currently have Many thanks Michael


    Saturday 24th December 2022 06:59AM
  • Michael, I hope you have received my email, sent before Christmas? Carmel

    Carmel Gilbride

    Tuesday 3rd January 2023 12:42PM

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