A picture of strength: In conversation with artist and activist Joe Caslin

Activist, artist, secondary school teacher: Joe Caslin’s extraordinary mix makes him one of the most important voices in Irish culture right now

17th November, 2019
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Joe Caslin pictured for the Movember Charity Art Auction Pic: Sean Breithaupt

It’s 7am, April 11, 2015. On the corner of the junction of South Great George’s Street and Dame Street, Dublin’s commuter traffic is picking up as the overnight rain begins to clear. The sky lightens to reveal a two-storey mural scaling the full side of Dame Street’s Mercantile Hotel, depicting in soft black and white, two men in an embrace. People begin to stop in the street; cars slow down for a better look. By...

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