“Celina Anderson has hundreds of Iveagh Market stories. She helped her mother who had a stall there, as did her grandmother and her great-grandmother.” – Brian McMahon, Brand New Retro
Deirdre Macken has been curating and selling clothes in her various Dublin shops for over 41 years. Brian McMahon celebrates the city’s veteran of vintage.
“Temple Bar Gallery & Studios have published Zebra’s Afterimage, a fold-out fanzine that includes a very interesting and lengthy retrospective of Zebra” – Brian McMahon
In 1956 John Hinde opened his colour photographic studio in Dublin where he produced a series of distinctive, stylised, vibrant colour postcards that saw him become one of the most successful postcard publishers in the world.
Considering Playboy magazine was banned in Ireland for over 35 years, one wonders how two homegrown imitation magazines ever got published here in the 1970s.
“Intrigued, and excited to hear of this Quant Cabra connection, I had to find out more. This is what I discovered…” – Brian McMahon
“Hans Lignell came up with the idea of Star Trek, a massive mobile disco which would bring the glamour, lights, excitement and sophistication of the new Dublin nightclubs to the ballrooms around the country.” – Brian McMahon
“Although it’s all original vinyl, we’re not afraid of modern technology to intensify the experience.” Dublin Psychedelic Club MindFuzz celebrates its tenth birthday next year. Brian McMahon meets with founder and host Mark Winkelmann to find out more about this unique night.
To celebrate 20 years since the League of Ireland switched to summer football, we give you 20 connections the league has had with pop music.
In 2023, Blue Monday will be forty-years old. Forty years of filling the floors at house parties, discos, indie nights, techno nights, 21sts and weddings. Brian McMahon asks the question, “How Does It Feel?”
This month we present a selection of vintage Christmas adverts promoting long-standing Irish food and drink brands.
For a time in the 1960s and early 1970s, it was acceptable and fashionable for young Irish women to wear wigs.
“208 is my magic number. It’s a throwback to the early 1970s when I and thousands of other music-starved Irish teenagers listened every night to Radio Luxembourg 208”. – Brian McMahon
Yellow Press was an Irish comic published from 1991 to 1994. Describing itself as the ‘premier periodical for the nineties kind of person’ and ‘not suitable for young children’ it ran for eleven issues and featured work from over twenty Irish cartoonists.
Too Late was a Dundalk-based homemade magazine that was also sold in Dublin between 1978 and 1981. Brian McMahon asked its editor and publisher, Eamonn McMahon (yes relation) to reflect on his post-punk fanzine-making days.
During Lockdown, fashion photographer Paul Martin unearthed boxes of negatives that inspired him to publish his new book First Face: a collection of photographs of new Irish models shot in the 1990s. Brian McMahon of Brand New Retro met Paul for a trip down memory lane.
Whether you were a walker, a sponsor, or just an onlooker, it was impossible to avoid the charity walk fad of the early 1970s.
“After 11, there’s nothing.” When i-D visited Dublin in 1985 they found a backward and grim city beset by unemployment and emigration.