For one week in June we hosted Trevor Finnegan of Our Type for an exhibition of works documenting traditional Irish shopfronts.
The culmination of seven years’ work, featuring every county in Ireland, Trevor’s collection showcased the unique design, charm and heritage of the traditional Irish main street, and documented pubs and lounge bars, general stores, fishing, camera and uniform specialists, fancy goods shops, greengrocers and ‘fruiterers’.
For the exhibition, we transformed the shop into a traditional rural Irish village store by repainting the shopfront in mock-tile style inspired by the Railway Bar in Co. Offaly, and raiding our grannies’ garages, front rooms and every shop on Talbot Street to set the scene. We hung the all-important net curtains, and made sure our neighbourhood watch sticker was highly visible in the window. To top it all off, our mates at HB lent us a vintage freezer packed with iced treats for the opening.