Thom McGinty the much loved Diceman retired from street performance because of illness takes a stroll down Grafton Street.
During an interview on the Late Late Show back in 1988, Thom McGinty expressed his disappointment that as a fashion icon he had not yet been invited to appear on 'Head to Toe'. Six years later, his dream comes true.
The Mona Lisa and the blood splattered surgeon are just some of the many bizarre characters created by street performer Thom McGinty better known as The Diceman.
Thom McGinty was as much a part of Dublin's Grafton Street as Bewley's café or Brown Thomas. He eecently retired from performing on the street due to illness having been diagnosed with AIDS.
Thom McGinty chats about first coming to Dublin, working in the old Dandelion Market, his years performing on Grafton Street and the characters and personalities he met along the way. On a stroll down Grafton Street Thom gives a demonstration of his famous 'Zen Walk'.
At his home in Phibsboro Thom McGinty shows some of the large collection of costumes that he has worn over the years.
Back on Grafton Street he chats to belt maker and stallholder Brendan and is presented with a surprise hamper from Bewley's. He is also joined by another famous character from Grafton Street, Pete, who sells 'In Dublin' magazine.
The Diceman signs off with his famous wink.
This episode of 'Head to Toe' was broadcast on 13 December 1994. The presenter is Martin Redmond.