Bolands Bakery – Grand Canal Street Dublin

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BOLANDS BAKERY – Grand Canal Street Dublin.

The Bolands position on Monday comprised scattered buildings from Grand Canal Street to Irishtown Road but this network of buildings controlled the Railway line and main roads from Dublin to Dun Laoghaire harbour, where troop reinforcements were likely to arrive. Takeover of the railway network from Sandymount to Westland Row was effected and various outposts were set up to stop advancing troops, most notably at Mount Street Bridge. A deadly battle was fought on Wednesday between Haddington Road corner and Clanwilliam House on the canal Bridge, where the Sherwood Foresters suffered the greatest casualties of the Rising.(240 troops killed or injured) Troops trained for trench warfare were picked off at will by the volunteers and were led by inept officers, who insisted they charge the Bridge. This battle, along with Ashbourne were the bloodiest engagements of the Rising.

Main leaders were Eamon de Valera,Lt Michael Malone (killed in battle) and George Reynolds who commanded approx 100 of the 3rd Battalion.

Eamonn De Valera later became President of the Irish Republic.

11 GARRISONS – 1916

On Easter Monday 24th April 1916, rebel forces comprising of the Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army and Hibernian Rifles supplemented by Fianna Eireann and Cumann na nBan, took command of strategic Buildings and defended them; 

8 in Dublin City, also in Enniscorthy Co. Wexford, Ashbourne Co. Meath and East County Galway. They declared an Irish Republic from the sovereign sanctity of these garrisons and separation from Britian. A late countermanding Order caused a diminished turnout than that originally planned for.

There were 11 Garrisons involved in the battles with the British forces from Easter Monday until the following Sunday. When the battle ended,16 of the Rebel leaders were executed. The British government failed to bring in Home Rule for Ireland in 1918 when the Great War ended as was promised. The Easter Rising 1916 and its ideals led directly to the formation of an 

Irish Republic.

Artist – Charles Hulgraine

Artist Information:

Charles Hulgraine is a Dublin based artist and architect who has completed a large number of City paintings, some locally but the range of works also show the West of Ireland and Andalusia Spain where he paints regularly.

Charles recently completed working on various Art projects on the subject of the 1916 Rising Centenary – most recently his highly successful series of paintings –  ‘ 11 Garrisons 1916’ – at The Ambassador Theatre, O’Connell Street Dublin, from Mar 3rd – Oct 16th, 2016.

Charles holds firm that an artists painting and drawing technique gives a direct insight into how the artist approaches his subjects, the environment, life values and mortality.Diverse materials ranging from oils,acrylics,pastels,watercolours,collage and graphite are merged into the aesthetic in a deliberate dialogue.In the more abstract works there is less of an image and more of a situation. He also believes that the role of the artist is to recognise significant marks as they occur, knowing what to retain or expand,by scavenging and disturbing the surface of things.

The artist fundamentally aspires to the ordered approach in artmaking, but this is never allowed to impede his production of entirely contemporary works. To this extent Charles avoids a landmark recognisable format as is evident and liberally paints what he sees everyday, welcoming comment.



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