1893 Ceremonial Trowel

1893 Ceremonial Trowel from the start of work on Millstreet Boys School - from Cannon Griffin to Miss Madeline McCarthy O'LearyA fascinating item from Millstreet’s history has appeared on eBay this week, courtesy of a high quality antique dealer in England – Pushkin Antiques. It’s a ceremonial trowel presented to Miss Madeline McCarthy O’Leary by Cannon Griffin, on the occasion of laying the foundation stone at the Male School in 1893.

The school in question was located across from the Catholic Presbtry on the Clara Road.

The trowel is 925 standard silver purity. Due to it’s historic value and being made from silver, it’s retailing at £1,955 so it is way outside of the budget of Millstreet Museum.

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