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'Delightful' Phil Lynott's wife Caroline fell 'in love' before they ever met

"He had an absolutely beautiful, deep, soft-spoken voice. He always sounded like he was in bed when he was talking to you, which I later discovered he was"

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Phil and Caroline’s wedding in 1980

Phil and Caroline’s wedding in 1980

Phil and Caroline’s wedding in 1980

Phil Lynott's wife Caroline has revealed how the Irish rock icon charmed her on the phone, and she was already in love with him before they met.

Caroline, the daughter of British TV game show host Leslie Crowther, was just 18 when she hooked up with 30-year-old Philo. At the time, she was working for a public relations company and Thin Lizzy were on their roster of clients.

"Our first encounter was over the phone," Caroline recalls in the new documentary film.

"He had an absolutely beautiful, deep, soft-spoken voice. He always sounded like he was in bed when he was talking to you, which I later discovered he was. He had a great sense of humour. He liked to tease you with a mixture of innuendo and misunderstanding, and then when you were all sort of confused he would laugh.

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Phil was just 36 when he died in 1986

Phil was just 36 when he died in 1986

Phil was just 36 when he died in 1986

"It was just delightful, so I was already partly in love with him before I even met him. I went to see them (Thin Lizzy) perform at Hammersmith Odeon and, wow!, he was just mind-blowing. I was hooked.

"I was quite wild and we just became a pair. There were no complications about it. I got absorbed into his life, the life of a working musician. He was a man of many facets and many moods.

"Within a year it had all changed and I was a mum (to daughter Sarah). He was a proud Irishman. He wanted his children born in Ireland, that's how Irish he was. He decided that Sarah was going to be born in Dublin without telling me."

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Gigging with Thin Lizzy

Gigging with Thin Lizzy

Gigging with Thin Lizzy

Caroline agreed to give birth to both their daughters, Sarah (born 1978) and Cathleen (born 1980), in Dublin's Holles Street hospital. "It seemed like a rather nice adventure," she says.

Philo and Caroline married in London on Valentine's Day 1980. "I just remember this room full of family and friends, and he looked incredibly handsome and I was very happy," she recalls.

After Cathleen was born, they moved over from England and set up home in Howth on Dublin's northside, where their back garden led on to the beach."It was absolute heaven to raise children, it was just blissful," she says.

Caroline says Phil was besotted with his two daughters. "He was not a hands-on nappy changing sort of a father, but he doted on his girls," she reveals.

"He loved to play games with the girls and he'd get lost in the moment. He had a very naughty sense of humour. Philip was someone who was enchanted with the magical side of life."

In the documentary, Philo says: "Being a father has brought out emotions in me that I honestly didn't think I had."

Sadly, Phil and Caroline's marriage fell apart in 1984 as his drug use escalated and following long separations when he was away on tour.

"I spent from 18 to 24 with him, it's a miracle really. I feel I was only beginning to get to know him," Caroline adds.

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