A reference to Tom Steele, (1788–1848), an engineer and political activist from Ennis. The image is wrapped around the pumphouse and comprises of two scenes depicting Tom Steele.
On the front of the box, facing into the park, you see him sitting on Steeles Rock, a rock located on the banks of the river Fergus, found slightly up the road, gazing across the rover towards the home of the object of his affection, Miss Matilda Crowe of Abbeyfield House.
On the back of the box, facing the New Road, we see Tom in his later years, dressed as an undertaker and driving a hearse drawn by six black-plumed horses. He generally carried a coffin marked “Repeal” in the hearse when he attended political rallies. The box is painted to work from all viewpoints, and uses colours that reflect the surrounding landscape.
This street art piece by Negative Space was commissioned by the Memory Lane Group through the PRISM scheme whose members comprised of
- Larry Brennan, local historian
- Cllr. Mary Howard
- Cormac McCarthy: Chair Tidy Towns Ennis
- John Kerin Brooks: PRO, The Clare Association (Dublin)
- Margaret O’Brien: CEO, Ennis Chamber
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