Ireland’s ‘Big Ben’ goes west to Strokestown

A valuable 18th century mahogany Longcase Clock which was sold at auction will be housed at Strokestown Park and Famine Museum for Ireland to enjoy.

  The Francis Johnston Speaker Clock, which stood in Leinster House until recently, plays ‘God Save the Queen’ and four other tunes to be identified.

  It was purchased by Jim Callery of Strokestown Park with the help of Investec Bank and was presented at an unveiling ceremony in Strokestown House.

  “Investec is delighted to have been associated with Strokestown Park over the last six years as it is truly a fitting property to house the Irish Famine Museum and together they form a very special place and a unique heritage asset”, said Michael Cullen, Investec Ireland chief executive.  

  “When the opportunity arose to assist Jim Callery in purchasing such a fine clock steeped in history, the decision was easy, as this will only further enhance the visitors’ experience at Strokestown House”, he continued.

  Jim Callery of Strokestown and Westward Group added: “We are excited that this clock will remain in Ireland and is now standing tall in Strokestown House. We are very grateful that Investec has assisted with the purchase.”