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Guardian of County Clare (Spirit of Patrick Burke) - Original Painting


"Guardian of County Clare (Spirit of Patrick Burke)"

A painting inspired by the story of modern Ireland and a famed resistance fighter's role in it's history.  This painting is rich with symbolic references and reflects the artist's experience with the beauty of the Irish landscape and the spirit still alive today in the proud people who call Ireland their home.    

Patrick Burke, Aged 21, Quarter Master, West Clare Brigade

A native of Carhue Cooraclare, educated in Cooraclare National School, and later attended the Christian Brothers School at Kilrush. His membership in the IRA began in 1917, in the Cooraclare Coy. 3rd Batt. West Clare Brigade. Following his initiation he engaged in a very active career in the volunteer movement, and as a result his promotion in the ranks came rapidly, when he was elevated to Brigade Quarter Master from Adjutant of the 3rd Batt. He was an intelligent and courageous officer with an excellent record of IRA activity. He participated in an attack on RIC at Cooraclare, and engaged in all the Brigade activities until his arrest.

On the day following the shooting of a Kilrush Detective, he was arrested (under arms) at Ballinagun Cree. He and a party of volunteers were running from the Kilballyowen area, where they had engaged in IRA activities during the night. The automobile in which they were riding had halted for minor repairs, and during this interval they were surrounded and captured by enemy forces, who suddenly arrived in lorries from different directions.
They were taken prisoners and badly beaten. Patrick Burke who was armed and also a much “wanted man” was brutally beaten. He was sentenced to two years in Wandsworth Prison, and was on a Hunger Strike for twenty-four days. He was released in ill health and died 7th March, 1922. The death of this popular and youthful officer was a cause of deep regret among his comrades, and a severe loss to the Brigade Staff. He was buried with Military Honours in Kilmacduane Cemetery.

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42" x 42" original acrylic and enamel mixed media on wood panel with custom frame.  Original painting by Painter Loki.

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Guardian of County Clare (Spirit of Patrick Burke) - Original Painting



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