Mendicity Institution – Ushers Island Dublin
- Location: Westport, Mayo
MENDICITY INSTITUTION – Ushers Island Dublin
Originally intended as a strategic location on the Liffey Quays to delay the approach of troops from the Royal Barracks opposite –(now the National Museum) who were under orders to retake the Four Courts on the Quays occupied by the volunteers. The volunteers surprised the troops on the opposite Ellis Quay on Tuesday and a lengthy gun battle followed. The volunteers had been ordered to hold out for a number of hours only but harried the British until Wednesday when surrounded by superior firepower. A surrender was finally agreed but some of the men escaped to other volunteer garrisons and fought out the rest of the week until Sunday.
Principle leaders were Sean Heuston and Con Colbert later on, commanding a garrison of approx 26. Heuston and Colbert were 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
Artist – Charles Hulgraine
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,
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.