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Kevin Freeney - The Gentleman of Letters

By rareadmin, Friday, 28th March 2014 | 0 comments
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Kevin Freeney, Dublin Signwriter, 1919-1986.

Signwriting went back at least three generations in Kevin's family. Back in the 1930's he rambled through Dublin's streets on a bike or with a pushcart carrying his paints and brushes. In that period the city's streetscapes were elegantly embroidered with handwritten shop and pub fascias. Having done "at least 700 pubs and shopfronts" in Dublin, the most famed streets - O'Connell, Henry, Grafton, and Capel - all carried his personalised three dimensional relief lettering and ornamentation. His fellow craftsmen hailed him as a "Master".

PHOTO: Kevin in Islandbridge, 1966