McGinty, Thom

Thom McGinty (1952-1995), better known as The Diceman, was a street and mime artist who became a familiar and popular character on Dublin's Grafton Street in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Born in Scotland, Thom McGinty moved to Ireland in 1976 and worked for a period as a nude model at the National College of Art & Design (NCAD). The name, The Diceman, came from when Thom had worked at a The Diceman Games Shop. 

He began performing on Grafton Street as a mime artist and became famous for his costumes, facial expressions and his signature wink to anyone who gave him money for his performance. Some of his most famous guises included Dracula and the Mona Lisa. In 1991, he was charged with public indecency when he appeared wearing a black corset, a feather piece, fishnet tights and a g-string in a promotion for The Rocky Horror Picture Show.    

Throughout his career, he made several appearances on RTÉ television including interviews on 'The Late Late Show' and fashion programme 'Head To Toe'. 

In 1990, he was diagnosed with HIV and retired from street performance as a result of illness. Thom McGinty died on 20 February 1995 at the age of 42.