Moyode Castle East Galway – 1916 Easter Rising Garrison

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MOYODE CASTLE EAST GALWAY – Oranmore, Clarinbridge, Athenry and Moyode, Co Galway.

The 3,000 German rifles expected to reach Galway through Roger Casement’s gun running plan was thwarted in Kerry on Good Friday. On Monday and Tuesday however, Galway volunteers attacked RIC barracks at Clarinbridge and Oranmore mainly with shotguns and pikes along with other sorties separately by volunteer companies around East Galway. Volunteers were operating generally in the format of the later flying columns. After various flashpoints, the volunteers converged at Moyode Castle and billeted there on Wednesday while the battle cruiser HMS Gloucester shelled the district of Athenry from its mooring in Galway Bay, until Friday. Major troop mobilizations from Renmore barracks and marines landed from the Gloucester in Galway City, prompted an inevitable surrender on Saturday. Many of those who turned out in East Galway in 1916 believed they were fighting a continuation of the agrarian Land Wars.

The main leaders were Captain Liam Mellows and Captain Larry Lardner who at the height of the 1916 mobilization commanded at least 500.Mellows escaped to the USA.Many of the volunteers were imprisoned in jails in England and Frongoch Wales. Roger Casement was hanged at Pentonville Prison, London in 1916.

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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