The history of horology – clocks, sundials, watches etc. is poorly documented in Ireland.
Although Ireland was hardly touched by the renaissance, there must have been monastic clocks in in the country prior to the reformation. By comparison there is documentary evidence ten ecclesiastic clocks in Wales before the 1650s. Much of the information about early clocks in Europe comes from contemporary writing – poems, chronicles and letters.
There are several extant early Irish monastic sundials and a couple previously recorded but now “missing”.
The Kilmalkedar monastic sundial in the Dingle peninsula is similar to Welsh examples. There must be more to discover in early monastic sites in Ireland.
Read more about Ancient Irish Monastic sundials
Records of Irish Watch and Clock Makers
Although many early clock and watch makers served apprenticeships in London and followed London styles, the links with Lancashire and Cheshire are surprisingly strong.
We will be adding a page of previously unknown or undocumented Irish clock makers, watchmakers and retailers so if you are aware of any Irish makers please let us know.