Royal College of Surgeons – St Stephens Green Dublin

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ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS – St.Stephens Green Dublin.

The original Military plan involved the occupation of St Stephens Green on Monday, a large public Park. Trenches were dug by the Irish Citizens Army under Michael Mallin.The park proved impossible to defend militarily mainly because of inadequate Volunteers occupying the overlooking buildings, as had been intended. The volunteer garrison then took possession of the Medical College on Stephens Green late on Monday evening, abandoning their open park strategy. They fortified various nearby buildings including a hotel and Harcourt Street railway station, with corner outposts as far away as Leeson Street and Portabello.Fighting was mainly defensive with various British machine gun emplacements crucially located at the Shelbourne Hotel opposite.

Main leaders were Commandant Michael Mallin and Constance Markievicz who commanded approx 200 Citizen Army and Fianna Eireann. Michael Mallin 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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