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Wednesday 29 November 2023 Dublin: 2°C

Tick tock: A guide to 11 of the lesser-known clocks around Dublin city

Lose track of time with these easily-missed clocks…

WHILE THE CLERY’S clock is the most famous timepiece in Dublin, if not Ireland, there are quite a few more around the city that are worth noticing.

Most of us use smartphones or watches (or smart watches!) to find out the time these days. But public clocks played an important part in society not so long ago.

Below, we’ve rounded up 11 of the lesser-known clocks in and around Dublin city that are certainly worth keeping an eye out for, as well as where to find them…

1. Look past the sign at Decwells Hardware

The bright yellow and black storefront of Decwells Hardware on South Great George’s Street steals attention from the beautiful clock that sticks out above it. 

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2. Raise your eyes on Dame Street 

Just above and to the left of City Pharmacy on Dame Street, this simple clock is easy to miss. 

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3. Do a double take at B. Lynch & Sons

Right before the traffic light junction on Camden St, you’ll see this clock above B. Lynch & Sons to the right, next to The Last Bookshop. 

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4. You can’t miss Mayes Time

Where Fredrick Street North meets Dorset St is this eye-catching clock at Mayes Pub, which used to read ‘Guinness Time’. 

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5. Look up at the Trinity City Hotel

Located at the corner of Tara St/Pearse St, at the Trinity City Hotel, this clock is easily missed. 

6.  Stop for a second at The Pen Corner

Where Dame St meets Trinity St is The Pen Corner, and above it is this discreetly designed clock.

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7. Take a stroll to The Harbourmaster

Just off Amiens Street and to the left of George’s Dock, before the CHQ Building, you’ll find this clock above the popular bar and restaurant.

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8. Look again at McDowell’s Jewellers

Many people will be familiar with the ‘The Happy Ring House’ sign above McDowell’s Jewellers, located beside the O’Connell St/North Earl St junction,  but look below it and you’ll see a beautiful antique clock. 

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9. Stop and stare on Grafton Street

Among the hustle and bustle of Grafton Street, at the turn leading to Johnson’s Court (where Appleby Jewellers is), is this grand clock. 

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10. Look to the sky at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham

If you approach The Royal Hospital Kilmainham through its stunning gardens, you’ll see this clock located at the top of the building. 

11. Take another look at Bruxelles 

Another gem off Grafton Street, this clock is located at popular bar Bruxelles, just before The Westbury.

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