International Festival of Time will be hosted in Waterford

The International Festival of Time will be hosted in Waterford this year from 20 May to 22 May.

The show will take place in the Irish Museum of Time, part of Waterford’s Treasures complex of five museums.

Also, 16 of the world’s most famous horologists will be in attendance for the festival weekend.

They will be showcasing their masterpieces of time, design, and engineering at the Waterford Treasures Museums in the City.

‘Waterford International Festival of Time’ – a first for Waterford

The International Festival of Time will be hosted in Waterford.

Curator of the Irish Museum of Time and Director of Waterford Treasures, Eamonn McEneaney, commented on the upcoming festival.

He said, “It’s very exciting to be welcoming a vast array of world-renowned clock and watchmakers to Waterford – home to the Irish Museum of Time.

“These are the most respected Masters in the world of contemporary independent watch and clock making. Many of these watchmakers have three, five years and longer waiting lists for appointments.”

It will be open to the public on Friday 20 May and running to Sunday 22 May between 10 am and 5 pm each day. The inaugural International Festival of Time in Waterford is a unique and special event.

It captures the spirit of contemporary independent watch and clock making. Plus, it introduces this incredible world of high mechanical complications and uncompromising hand finishing to a steadily growing number of Irish watch enthusiasts.

Viewing masterpieces – a first for Ireland

Viewing masterpieces for the first time in Ireland.
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For the first time in Ireland, festivalgoers will have the opportunity to view masterpieces that have defined the careers of these celebrated, award-winning, and even Guinness World Record holding, creators.

So, they will have this opportunity as the International Festival of Time will be hosted in Waterford this year. The visiting watchmakers include three Irish makers brothers, John and Stephen McGonigle, and also Bryan Leech.

Also in attendance are Vianney Halter of France, Andrea Strehler, Marc Jenni and Thomas Prescher, and many more world-class watchmakers.

The festival also includes Bernhard Lederer. Lederer is one of the original members of the elite and most respected watchmaking bodies, the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (Academy of Independent Watchmakers).

A celebration of centuries-old skills – a special weekend

The International Festival of Time will be hosted in Waterford this year.
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In addition to the master craftsmen of the watchmaking world, there will be a very special event at City Hall.

Author and former Curator of Timekeeping at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Mr David Rooney, will take to the stage to discuss his work and his book. The acclaimed book is About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks.

Furthermore, the weekend promises a celebration of the centuries-old traditional crafts, skills, and techniques. All of which continues by the hands of watchmaking’s most impressive talents.

Set in the city’s historic Viking Triangle, the Irish Museum of Time is also the newest addition to the Waterford Treasures experience, having opened in 2021.

Being hosted in Waterford is of significance.

The International Festival of Time will be hosted in Waterford this year. The choice of Waterford as the host city has historic significance.

This is because only a few miles away from the ancient city centre stand the ruins of what was then the New Geneva Barracks.

It was originally made as a distinct enclave, constructed in the 1780s. In fact, it was there to accommodate up to 1,000 Swiss watch and clockmakers. They were facing persecution in their homeland.

So if the festival interests you, you can find out more about it here.

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