Over Christmas, I got to view the new art mural in Sligo, which is commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising, with portraits of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, the GPO and Benbulben mountain depicted. It was painted by the Artist Nik Purdy, who also painted the nearby William B. Yeats and Maud Gonne murals. It is situated in Sligo town on the Joe Banks road (inner relief road) at the junction of Upper John street.
It features portraits of Countess Markievicz along with the seven leaders of the 1916 Rising who signed the Proclamation of Independence, left to right, Thomas MacDonagh, Joseph Plunkett, Seán Mac Diarmada, Thomas Clarke, James Connolly, Eamonn Ceannt and Padraig Pearse.
It depicts the General Post Office on Sackville Street/O’Connell Street, the Irish Citizens Army, Benbulben mountain, an army tank and volunteers.
It also lists the volunteers from Sligo: Constance Markievicz, Linda Kearns, Martin Savage, William Partridge, Martin Connolly, Alasdair McCabe, Patrick McDermott, Martin Murphy, James Burns, Michael Barret.
You can view a list of 1916 participants and where they were stationed during the Rising here.
Quite appropriately, the new mural is displayed on Joe Banks road, Joseph Banks was a Sligo IRA volunteer in the civil war on the side of the anti-treaty side. Banks was one of the Noble Six, who was executed on Benbulben mountain in September 1922, by the Irish Free State Army.
The art mural was commissioned as part of the 1916-2016 Centenary programme, by the County Sligo 1916 Committee, who are a non-political committee. There is a gofundme page setup by the committee for the mural, if you would like to donate towards it and other events planned to commemorate the 1916 Rising in Sligo, you can find out more by clicking on the gofundme page and also on the committee’s Facebook page.
The art mural is painted by the talented visual artist Nik Purdy of Blow designs, the artwork is fantastic and looks like an old photograph. If you are visiting Sligo town, its worth taking a walk around to discover the other street art murals, highlights include the Maud Gonne mural and visit the Adelaide street car park for modern street art murals.