South Dublin Union – St James Hospital Dublin

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SOUTH DUBLIN UNION – St James Hospital – Dublin.

The South Dublin Union, a large sprawling Poorhouse complex and hospital was chosen as a Volunteer stronghold because of the control it had over Kingsbridge Railway Station (now Heuston) and British military headquarters at Kilmainham Hospital. Comandant Eamonn Ceannt displayed sound military tactics on Monday by splitting up his volunteers into three strategic outposts at various outlying breweries and distilleries. These were located within the warren of buildings and narrow streets near the Union which proved impossible to breach by marauding troops with artillery. The main volunteer base was the night Nurses Home near James Street and hand to hand fighting continued all through Monday and Tuesday with a major offensive by troops on Thursday which was also repulsed.

Main Leaders were Eamonn Ceannt, Cathal Brugha and Con Colbert who commanded approx 120 of the 4th Battalion. Eamon Ceannt and Con 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 

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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