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Image of a Diceman performance at the Project Centre in Dublin for the opening of Kevin O’Farrell‘s Swimmers exhibition.
Thom McGinty (1 April 1952– 20 February 1995), known as The Diceman, was a Scottish actor, model, and street artist specialising in mime, who spent most of his career in Ireland, where he became a landmark living statue and honorary Dubliner. He was born in Glasgow in 1952 and was a member of Strathclyde Theatre Group in the early 1970s before coming to Ireland in 1976 to work as a nude model at the National College of Art and Design. The name “The Diceman” came from one of McGinty’s employers, The Diceman Games Shop that was located, first, in an arcade on Grafton Street, Dublin, and then on South Anne Street.
McGinty specialised in standing in the street, stock still and in complete silence, and in costume, for long periods of time like a living statue, and would disturb his immobility only to perform his trademark broad, saucy, pantomime wink to reward anyone who put money at his feet.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, he became well-known and popular for performances on Grafton Street where he worked as a mime artist or otherwise performed in costume, to advertise the Diceman shop. When that went out of business, he was hired to advertise various other establishments, including Bewley’s café, and he also promoted political causes through his work such as gay rights, the Birmingham Six, and human rights in Tibet. He lived for a time in the early 1980s in Baile Éamon behind Spiddal in County Galway where he formed The Dandelion Theatre Company.
He died on 20 February 1995 after a sudden decline, aged 42. His coffin was carried the length of Grafton Street by his friends past a large crowd, and was accompanied by long and sustained applause. In 1997, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Lynch, renamed a corner of Meeting House Square in Temple Bar as “The Diceman’s Corner”, where a plaque commemorates him.
Notes from Wikipaedia, images by myself
see also tribute on YouTube
Fay Godwin (17 February 1931 – 27 May 2005) was a noted British photographer, most widely known for her black-and-white landscapes of the British countryside and coast. In the late 1980’s she gave a workshop in Dublin, organized by Christine Redmond.
Fay’s health was not good at that time. During her career she produced portraits of dozens of well known writers, photographing almost every significant literary figure in 1970s and 1980s England, as well as numerous visiting foreign authors. Her subjects, typically photographed in the sitters’ own homes, included Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin, Saul Bellow, Angela Carter, Margaret Drabble, Günter Grass, Ted Hughes, Clive James, Philip Larkin, Nobel Prize laureate Doris Lessing, Edna O’Brien, Anthony Powell, Salman Rushdie, Jean Rhys, and Tom Stoppard.
Fay Godwin died on 27 May 2005, in Hastings, England at the age of 74.Godwin’s archive, including approximately 11,000 exhibition prints, the entire contents of her studio, and correspondence with some of her subjects, was given to the British Library>
Fay not impressed by Vico and Killiney Bay