Enniscorthy – Enniscorthy Town County Wexford

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ENNISCORTHY – Enniscorthy Town, Co Wexford.

Due to the confusion caused by the Mc Neill countermanding Order, the Wexford volunteers were not active until Wednesday. An order was received at Enniscorthy from James Connolly, to prevent British reinforcements using the railway lines arriving via Rosslare.Enniscorthy Town was taken over almost entirely on Wednesday with headquarters at the Athenaeum building. Volunteers were supplemented by members of Fianna Eireann and Cumann na mBan and after a prolonged stalemate battle to take the local RIC station, they occupied outlying RIC barracks, among them at Ferns. The Wexford volunteers held Enniscorthy Town in a standoff with encircling British forces for the remainder of the week. While in custody,Pearse instructed a Wexford delegation to effectively surrender on Sunday.

The main leaders were Commandant Robert Brennan,Seamus Doyle, Pat Keegan and Paul Galligan.They commanded approx 150. A large number of the Enniscorthy garrison were imprisoned at Frongoch Wales.

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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