Another choice cultural moment from RTÉ Archives

The video for Phil Lynott’s Old Town is synonymous with Dublin in the early 1980s.

In 1982 Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy frontman, released his second solo album The Philip Lynott Album. From this album came the single Old Town and the music video depicting Lynott at various locations around Dublin city. From the Ha’penny Bridge to a stroll down Grafton Street and a pint in The Long Hall pub on South Great George’s Street and ending at the Ringsend Pier. The song was co-written by Lynott and Scottish musician Jimmy Bain.

In the days before music videos were commonplace, the video for Old Town was produced by Dave Heffernan for RTÉ programme Anything Goes. It was first broadcast on 30 October 1982.

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