Jewellery shop clocks up 200 years in Wicklow town

Jewellery shop clocks up 200 years in Wicklow town

Behind the counter of Ireland's oldest jewellery shop, 16 antique pocket watches hang in a wooden cabinet The current generation of TJ Gelletlie gathered to toast their bicentenary on Friday in a small green park on Main Street in Wicklow town Across the road, their jewellery and watch-making business, a modest storefront and workshop, stands much as it has since opening its doors in March 1818.

"To put its longevity into proportion I would like to point out that the shop had been in existence 28 years before Charles Stewart Parnell, another great Wicklow man, was born in Avondale." As longstanding family friends, the Heaneys had jewellery commissioned and restored at Gelletlie's Local churches The family's current generation were all raised above the shop - Tom Gelletlie remembers travelling to local churches where his father Cecil would mend their clocks Today, the business is run by Joan Gelletlie, a goldsmith married to Helen's brother Richard. Source

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