It’s always a tiny bit worrying to see a butcher’s with a designed shopfront. The butcher’s window is usually a jumbled delight of price boards, special offers and quality assurance, maybe with a bit of neon thrown in too – lots of visual interest put together in a deliberate but undesigned way.


Michael Kearney’s is a family butcher on one of Dun Laoghaire’s retail tributaries, and the window is reassuringly busy. The shopfront isn’t quite minimal, with two types of lettering and borders involved, but it’s certainly restrained. The signage is hand-painted, smooth enough from a distance (and perfectly legible) though more human and wobbly from close up.


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