Handpainted signs making a come back in Dublin

As I’ve wandered the Dublin streets lately, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of businesses which are painting new signs on the walls of their premises. Examples of these handpainted signs that you are probably familiar with include the Long Stone Pub and Louis Copeland and Sons:

However, I am finding more and more as I explore the streets, looking for old and fading signs.  Some notable ones are:

Minetta Deli in Sutton Cross:


Molloy & Dowling Dispensing Opticians on Kildare Street:


The Bretzel Bakery on Lennox Street:


The North Star Hotel on Amiens Street:


Guiney’s on Talbot Street:


O’Neill’s Bar and Restaurant on Suffolk Street:


Have I missed any? Is this a trend you would like to see increase?

There’s a particular craft involved in hand-painting signs. I have tweeted a lot about this particular video by Conor Brady called “Gentlemen of Letters” about Dublin’s sign writers. If you haven’t seen it and have the time, watch it! You won’t be sorry!

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