Countdown is on to Waterford International Festival of Time

The clock is ticking for the 'Waterford International Festival of Time' which is to take place next week.

The event will be hosted by the Irish Museum of Time and will run between 10am and 5pm from May 20th to 22nd.

16 world-famous horologists including  Vianney Halter of France, Patrik Sjögren of Sweden, Christian Lass of Denmark, and Irish brothers John and Stephen McGonigle will be showcasing their work at the festival.

This will be the first time in Ireland that the opportunity to view the masterpieces which have defined the careers of these creators has risen.


"These are the most respected Masters in the world of contemporary independent watch and clock making and many of these watchmakers have 3 and five-years and longer waiting lists for appointments and others have their future lifetime books of work filled with orders so this is an incredibly unique opportunity to enjoy meeting them, observe their masterpieces and chat with them about their work and process,"  Curator of the Irish Museum of Time and Director of Waterford Treasures Eamonn McEneaney said.

David Rooney, author and former Curator of Timekeeping at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, will be hosting an event to discuss his work and book ‘About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks’ at City Hall.

A free Festival of Time lecture by Rooney will take place on Friday 20th at 7:30 pm in the Large Room. To book tickets for this email [email protected]

Admission to the Festival is included in a ‘Freedom of Waterford’ ticket to Waterford Treasures Museums, that gives access to all the museums and a walking tour. More details are available via the website. 


To find out more about Waterford's connection with watch and clockmaking, and to see what other creators will be present, click here.