Ashbourne by Charles Hulgraine

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  • 050 x 40 cm (20 x 16 inches): 50.00
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  • Location: Westport, Mayo
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ASHBOURNE- Rath Cross, Ashbourne Co Meath (5th Battalion)

Various Royal Irish constabulary barracks were overrun by the Fingal Volunteers at Donabate,Swords and Garristown on Wednesday, mainly for the procurement of arms. The Volunteers proceeded cross country towards Blanchardstown and Batterstown to destroy vital railway lines. They were ambushed on Friday by the RIC at Rath Cross who they captured and then attacked the nearby Ashbourne RIC barracks with 4 volunteer units acting like flying columns, The 15 policemen surrendered the barracks after canister grenades were lobbed at the RIC barracks.

On hearing that an armed motor convoy of well armed RIC troops were in transit via 24 cars from Slane with 65 RIC men, the volunteers were able to spring a surprise attack on this convoy beside Rath Cross. A bitter gun battle followed, with the RIC surrendering after 5 hours of firing in between roadside ditches.80 policemen were captured that day including 10 police fatalities and 4 Police barracks raised in North Dublin County. Vast numbers of weapons were confiscated. The Fingal

Brigade’s actions were generally offensive compared to Dublin’s which were defensive.

Main Leaders were Thomas Ashe, Richard Mulcahy and Charlie Weston who commanded approx 50 of the 5th Battalion. Thomas Ashe died forcibly while imprisoned.

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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