Four Courts – Innes Quay Dublin

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FOUR COURTS – Innes Quay Dublin.

Chosen because of its location between the numerous Barracks which lay to the west of the City and the nearby GPO headquarters, the Four Courts was adjacent to a myriad of tiny market streets and tenements close to the Liffey.A small detachment from this garrison were also deployed on Monday morning to raid for arms at the Magazine Fort in the nearby Phoenix Park, which was mainly unsuccessful. The Volunteers repulsed a challenge by a troop of Lancers initially at the Four Courts and they captured the Bridewell and Linenhall Barracks on Wednesday. Civilians were bayoneted on Thursday by the South Staffordshire troops in North King Street, Queen Street and Coleraine Street as reprisals for the staunch resistance of the Four Courts garrison. Rebel fighting continued until Sunday evening in the locality reinforced by citizens infuriated by the murders. No action was taken later on by the authorities regarding the murders.

The main leader was Edward Daly who commanded approx 400 volunteers of the 1st Battalion as the fighting intensified. Edward Daly was executed by firing squad.

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

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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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