39 thoughts on “A Terrible BTs Is Born

  1. Medium Sized C

    Also see AIB windows.

    Pink wash.
    Note also the “CENTENERY” musical extravaganza.
    You’d swear the rising was a bolshevik revolution the way they are going on.
    As opposed to a coalition of people who didn’t see eye to eye on stuff, a minority of which were socialists.

    1. Mikeyfex

      I actually bought a blue shirt in there last weekend. That’s true. Spent more than I had intended and all.

        1. Mikeyfex

          Apt typo there.
          “Chaft is derived from the words: chav, shaft and chaff.

          It refers to people, usually lower middle class, who get enjoyment pitying those worse off than them, so they get a sense of importance.”

          While I did indeed buy it there, I’m just kidding dav.

          1. dav

            Damn I was aiming for a curse of sore/possibly bleeding nipples (saw it once at the finish line of the Dublin Marathon, the poor fella was in bits). either that or may your Filofax burst into flames (a real curse on thatcherites)

          2. Mikeyfex

            Oh I’ve been there. Junior soccer teams down the country generally wouldn’t have the funds for the softer material jerseys. Tape em up and off you go.

  2. 15 cents

    i dont get whats to see here?? .. loads of places have their windows 1916’ed up .. why is this different? genuinley, i dont know and wanna know .. wont you let me be mad at something?!?!? grrrr

    1. Mr. Camomile T

      Brown Thomas is seen as an expensive and exclusive store whose clientele is the wealthy and the elite. It is a symbol of capitalism and elitism. It represents a lot of things that Connolly, Ireland’s greatest socialist, was strongly opposed to. Therefore it is ironic – if not utterly insulting to his memory – for this store to display Connolly’s image and use it as a marketing ploy to associate itself with the 1916 commemorations and entice more customers into the store to buy expensive items so that the store can profit. Hooray for capitalism!

      1. 15 cents

        thanks! .. there’s lots of people hoppin on the 1916 bandwagon in utter hypocrisy. Seeing Bertie and Cowen in special seats at the parade was gauling. Two people who played huge roles in breaking the entire nation, sitting there like they belonged.

      2. well, that's that

        So anything with Connolly’s name on it must represent his ideologies? bit of a stretch, no? Irish Rail have been doing that unintentionally for years. Not a penny of profit out of Connolly station or the rest of the network.

      3. Tish Mahorey

        “the wealthy and the elite.”

        This use of the word ‘elite’ needs to stop. We’re all citizens of a democracy. There is NO elite. Some may have more wealth, but never accept the notion that some people are more worthy.

  3. Conor McCabe

    Brown Thomas is a fully unionised shop, one of the very few on Grafton Street. I don’t know whether Connolly would approve of his image being used for anything but I don’t think he would have a problem with a shop that supports workers’ rights.

    1. 15 cents

      true .. and i bet if Dunnes had his pic up it wouldnt make broadsheet, and they have the worst employee policies in the country

    2. Dubh Linn

      This \\ this \\ this \\ this … actually someone on here who knows what they are talking about.
      Off out now to see if the hens have grown teeth!

  4. The People's Hero

    We all know we should shop in Pennys and Dunnes…. Y’know…. they sell cheap stuff so they must be more ethical….. right?

  5. Kevin


    my name is Kevin and I’m the designer who made the Brown Thomas vinyl cover.

    Very interesting to hear everyone’s opinions on this installation.
    Of course we spent a long time developing this piece and one of my major concerns was if I should or should not include the men who signed the 1916 proclamation.

    After all the naysaying regarding the banner at College Green I thought it would be odd to not showcase Pearse, Connolly and the others in a piece referencing the 1916 rising.

    The installation itself is a celebration of the last 100 years – merging the past and present using projection mapping techniques that you can see through the view ports in the window. They’re intimate moments in time that don’t try and tell the whole story. We didn’t want to sum anything up!

    In regards to the ethical or monetary nature of Brown Thomas as a company or shop… I found my working experience to be a very good one and they were very respectful to me and my crew. The staff seem to enjoy themselves and the head of the window design team was very supportive of all our creative ideas. This is quite a refreshing experience when working as a young artist in Ireland.

    To those that may be insulted for having Connolly included in the design, I apologise… it was just my opinion that it might have been more insulting to not include him at all.

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