The Cutlers, Thomas Reads, in miniature by Tom Hudson

The Cutlers, Thomas Reads, Parliament Street Dublin

The Cutlers, Thomas Reads, Parliament Street Dublin – Miniature model by Tom Hudson

Reads LH window

The genius of the visual literature of miniature. After years of vigilance regarding the protection and preservation of Thomas Reads, The Cutlers in Parliament Street, a building loved by Dubliners and the world over, of all the things to fall into my lap and hands, these photos of Tom Hudson’s miniature models of Thomas Reads in around the early 1970tys are certainly the most wondrous and precious.

Fantastic to have confirmed that actual models in these photos are still in existence in the hands of a collector (Charles Dudley) of Tom Hudson’s works.


Here is vanished history in great detail rendered back for today’s society.  How important are these works is anyone’s guess.  But the fact that they are here I’m sure is going to be to everybody’s delight.  Take a closer look and enter the window of Thomas Reads for a true bit of window shopping into the past. Notice the matchbox and its size and then you get a sense of scale of the detail. James Joyce would be proud.  As they say, you can rebuild Dublin from Ulysses but here is certainly one of its oldest shops, actualized in miniature in extraordinary detail.  As alive now as ever it was.

Reads RH window

Reads Right Hand Window in miniature

Reads door

Doors of Thomas Reads, in miniature

Migrant voters – How to Register, Tonight – March 27th 2014

Dublin City Council in association with the Dublin City Integration Forum
Present a

Seminar on the Voting Registration and Democratic Process in Ireland
Thursday 27th March 2014
Wood Venue, Dublin City Council.


5.45pm: Registration
6:10pm Introduction and welcome: Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn & Office for Integration
6:20pm ‘Local elections in Ireland – The electoral system’
Professor David Farrell, Professor of Politics,
School of Politics & International Relations, University College Dublin.
6:40pm ‘Migrant Engagement with Political Parties’
Peter Szlovak Head of Policy & Research, The Integration Centre
6:55pm ‘How to Register’
Oliver Douglas, Franchise Section, Dublin City Council.
7:05pm Open discussion and future planning
8:00pm Close

Register to vote before May 6th

If you live in Dublin you have a right to vote in the Irish Local Elections May 23rd 2014.

Do you need a registration form RFA2?
Registration forms are also available from: Local Authority Offices & websites, Post Offices, Libraries and Garda Stations.

Dublin City Council in conjunction with Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council and Dun Laoighre Rathdown County Council are running a voter registration Campaign for the city in the lead up to local and European Elections on May the 23rd.

There will be a large workshop in the Wood Quay Venue next Thursday 27th of March at 6pm where presentations on how to register and Professor David Farrell form UCD school of Politics will present an overview of the Irish system to the representatives of the migrant groups.

Leading on from this post graduate students form UCD School of Politics, officers from DCC Franchise section will be pared with individual groups. Setting up outreach workshops with the various migrant communities where they will explain the mechanics of PRSTV and a sort of a ‘general overview’ of the Irish political system and get people registered to vote.

Places are limited so please RSPV by no later than Monday evening