Last Friday we posted this fantastic image below to our Facebook page. Taken by Wally Cassidy, it captures the legendary Dublin street performer Thom McGinty, better known as the Diceman, strolling down Grafton Street. It led to dozens of fantastic comments from Dubliners who remembered seeing the Diceman perform on the streets of the capital. It is worth sharing here for anyone who hasn’t connected with the Facebook page to see.
In 1991 the Irish Press wrote that:
It is interesting how the name of The Diceman stuck with street mime artist Thom McGinty. Years ago his first job was publicising The Diceman, a shop in Grafton Street selling games and novelties. the shop is long gone but Thom McGinty is still known by its name and the 40 year old Scotsman is now integral part of Dublin street life.
From the discussion the image sparked, I was directed towards this brilliant YouTube compilation of shots of McGinty, put together by the folks at the Gallery of Photography.
McGinty passed away in February 1995, and fittingly his coffin was carried down Grafton Street, where he had become a real fixture of Dublin life. He is remembered by Diceman’s Corner in Meeting House Square today.