George Collie RHA. Portrait of Padraig Pearse, Head of the Army of the Irish Republic, President of the Provisional Govenment.

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George Collie
RHA   1904 -1975

Portrait of Padraig
Pearse 1879-1916;  A father of the Republic
of Ireland

Oil on canvas

42 x 36 inches




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Pearse was a Barrister,  teacher of the Irish language and cultural
history,  poet,  Irish Republican and activist, Director of
Organisation for the Irish Volunteer Army, 
Director of Organisation and Commander in Chief of the Irish Forces,
author of the Proclamation of Irish Independence.  He was court-martialled and executed by the
British  in 1916 along with fourteen of
his committee members  after the Easter Uprising.  Ireland gained independence in 1922


Padraig Pearse was an Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer,
nationalist, republican political activist and revolutionary.   Some say
that his rousing speech at the graveside of O'Donovan Rossa set the wheels in
motion that changed history culminating in Irish Independence in 1922;


"They think that
they have pacified Ireland. They think that they have purchased half of us and
intimidated the other half. They think that they have foreseen everything,
think that they have provided against everything; but the fools, the fools, the
fools! - they have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these
graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace."

On 23rd April, 1916, the
Military Council appointed him Commandant-General of the Army of the
Irish Republic and President of the Provisional Government.


At the Easter Monday Rising, 24 April 1916,
it was Pearse who read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic from outside the
General Post Office, the headquarters of the Rising. Pearse was largely
responsible for drafting the Proclamation.  After six days of fighting, heavy civilian casualties
and great destruction of property, Pearse issued the order to surrender to avoid
furher civilian casualties. .  Pearse and fourteen other leaders,
including his brother Willie, were  courts marshalled and executed by
firing squad. He joyfully whistled all the while on his way to the wall,
according to the diary entry of a sergeant, 
one of his British military escorts.


Pearse's poetry inspires young poets and
writers after him. His poems were written with freedom for Ireland, and the perpetuation
of the Irish language in mind. He wrote  "The Mother", 
" The Fool", "the Rebel" and "The Wayfarer" -
acclaimed pieces in English. He was also associated with the song 'Oró Sé
Do Bheatha 'Bhaile,' for which he wrote additional lyrics.

The Wayfarer was Pearse's last poem, written on the eve of his
execution, which took place on 3 May, 1916;

The beauty of the world
hath made me sad,

This beauty that will

Sometimes my heart hath
shaken with great joy

To see a leaping
squirrel in a tree

Or a red lady-bird upon
a stalk,

Or little rabbits in a
field at evening,

Lit by a slanting sun,

Or some green hill
where shadows drifted by

Some quiet hill where
mountainy man hath sown

And soon would reap;
near to the gate of Heaven;

Or children with bare
feet upon the sands

Of some ebbed sea, or
playing on the streets

Of little towns in Connacht,

Things young and happy.

And then my heart hath
told me:

These will pass,

Will pass and change,
will die and be no more,

Things bright and
green, things young and happy;

And I have gone upon my



Bertie Ahern placed a photographic portrait
of his hero, Pearse,  on the wall behind his desk at the Taioseach office.






George Collie is regarded as
one of Ireland’s great 20th century painters.

He was born 14th April 1904
in Carrickmacross co. Monaghan to George Collie, a Scot, and Ellen
Donovan, born in Monaghan.

He was educated at  St. Kevins,
Blackpitts, Dublin.  He  displayed a talent for art and exhibited two
paintings at the Royal Hibernian Academy by the age of 18.
He received his formal training at the Metropolitian School of Art , winning
the Taylor scholarship with his painting "The Mid Day Meal" He won it
the following year with "A Dublin Market" .  It sold at Adams Gallery, St. Stephens Green,
Dublin on 2nd June 2010 for €28,000

He was awarded membership of
the RHA in 1952 and later served on the Irish Arts Council as chairman.  His own art school was in School house Lane
in Dublin. He  lectured with the
Metropolitan School Of Art. He painted the portraits of  Cardinals and 
president Eamonn Da Valera.

George married Annie Dunne
and had had 6 children, George, Edward, John ,Nicholas, Ellen and Ann. He lived
at 23 Oaklands Terrace, Terenure, Dublin at the time of his death on 1st July
1975 age 71 after a short illness in the Mather Hospital. His mass was at
Church of St. Josephs, Terenure and he was buried 4th July in Deansgrange
Cemetery, Blackrock, Dublin grave no: 83K St. Peters Section. His wife Annie is
buried with him. she died 25th Feb 1997

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