Limerick’s Penneys clock is ringing once again

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

James Griffin at the Penneys clock which has had its chimes restored. Picture: Michael Cowhey
ONE of Limerick’s most prominent clocks is chiming proudly again after a young man raised the alarm with the store owners.

ONE of Limerick’s most prominent clocks is chiming proudly again after a young man raised the alarm with the store owners.

James Griffin, 24, from Janesboro, emailed Penneys after he noticed the clock above the landmark O’Connell Street shop was not sounding every 15 minutes as normal.

After emailing Primark – the parent company of Penneys – to alert them of the silence, he was delighted to hear the chimes of the former Cannock’s clock when walking through the city.

James – who works at Schuh in Bedford Row – said: “I noticed about two-and-a-half years ago because I remember the bells used to go off every 15 minutes.”

When he wrote to Primark, a representative responded, saying they would look into it.

“When you hear it, you don’t take much notice of it, but when it is gone, you miss it,” James added.

The original clock was erected in 1888 when Cannock’s extended. It was replaced in 1961, and in the 1970s when Penney’s opened in the city. It has since been refreshed.