The Diceman, real name Thom McGinty, was born in Glasgow in 1952 on Flickr.The Diceman, real name Thom McGinty, was born in Glasgow in 1952 and was a member of Strathclyde Theatre Group before he came to Ireland in 1976 to work as a model.
The name “Diceman” came from a shop, located first in an arcade on Grafton Street and then on South Anne Street, that sold role-playing games. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, he became well-known and quite popular for performances on Grafton Street where he would sometimes work as a mime artist or would otherwise perform in costume, advertising the shop. After its closure, he was hired to advertise various other establishments, including Bewley’s.
He lived for a time in the early 1980s in Spiddal, Co. Galway.
In 1989, he appeared in the Gate Theatre production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, directed by Steven Berkoff, which transferred to the Edinburgh Festival. He also performed in The Maids by Jean Genet.
In 1990 he was diagnosed with HIV and died in February 1995 after a sudden decline.He was 43 years old.
In 1997, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Brendan Lynch PC, renamed a corner in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar as ‘The Diceman’s Corner’.

The Diceman, real name Thom McGinty, was born in Glasgow in 1952 on Flickr.

The Diceman, real name Thom McGinty, was born in Glasgow in 1952 and was a member of Strathclyde Theatre Group before he came to Ireland in 1976 to work as a model.

The name “Diceman” came from a shop, located first in an arcade on Grafton Street and then on South Anne Street, that sold role-playing games. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, he became well-known and quite popular for performances on Grafton Street where he would sometimes work as a mime artist or would otherwise perform in costume, advertising the shop. After its closure, he was hired to advertise various other establishments, including Bewley’s.

He lived for a time in the early 1980s in Spiddal, Co. Galway.
In 1989, he appeared in the Gate Theatre production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome, directed by Steven Berkoff, which transferred to the Edinburgh Festival. He also performed in The Maids by Jean Genet.

In 1990 he was diagnosed with HIV and died in February 1995 after a sudden decline.He was 43 years old.
In 1997, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Brendan Lynch PC, renamed a corner in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar as ‘The Diceman’s Corner’.