Ireland’s ambassador to the U.S., Dan Mulhall, is in Utah today for ceremonies commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike – the moment when the 1,776 mile First Transcontinental Railroad was finally completed on May 10, 1869. Ambassador Mulhall, will speak in memory of the many Irish, Chinese, Mormon and other workers whose determination, enterprise and personal sacrifice made the dream of linking the two coasts of the United States a reality. The ambassador will also address a celebratory dinner hosted by Hibernian Society of Utah Friday evening. It is estimated that 10,000 Irish worked on the First Transcontinental Railroad which ultimately connected America’s east and west coasts. Photo by Marty Katz.