Energy: The Riches of Clare
The first sod of the West Clare Railway was cut at Miltown Malbay in January 1885, by Charles Stewart Parnell, leader of the Home Rule Party. After the ceremony William Murphy contractor presented Parnell with this silver ceremonial spade.
Engraved with the image of Grattan’s Parliament the legend reads ‘ Presented by William Murphy to Charles Stewart Parnell, Esq., M.P. on the occasion of his turning the first sod of West Clare Railway on 26/1/1885 by J R Lombard, Chairman of the Company, William Barrington, Engineer and William M. Murphy, contractor.