Not So Laughing Cavalier

Thom McGinty, better known as the Diceman, was a street performer in the 1980s and early 1990s

McGinty came to Ireland in 1976 to work as a model. The name Diceman came from a shop that sold role-playing games.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, McGinty became well-known for performances on Grafton Street where he would sometimes work as a mime artist or would otherwise perform in costume, advertising the shop. He is pictured here as the Not So Laughing Cavalier. McGinty was diagnosed with HIV in 1990 and died in 1995.

With thanks to Christopher Robson.

Watch a photo-reel video of the ‘Diceman’: