Meet the experts in clocks, art and antiques…
Since opening its doors in 1992, Time Pieces has been a treasure trove of unique and eye-catching items in Roscommon town.
Under the discerning eyes of Vincent and Mary Brennan, the shop has gone from strength to strength as its reputation continues to spread across County Roscommon and further afield.
While the Brennans are rightly proud of their successful venture, Mary is quick to pay tribute to others.
“First and foremost, we’d like to thank all of our customers and the friends we have made since opening our doors in 1992.
“Time Pieces has served different generations of families and there are customers who have been coming in since they were kids, arriving in now with their own children. That’s lovely to see.
“I also wish to thank Roscommon County Council for retaining free parking in the town, it has been great for business in Roscommon,” she said.
Vincent and Mary’s daughter, Lorna, says life-long friendships have been formed since Time Pieces’ opening 28 years ago.
“We’ve made great friends over the years with people who were complete strangers (to us) when they first came into the shop, which is very nice.
“To be able to work with my mother and father and Agnes and of course Maura, who we couldn’t do without, is a real honour and long may we continue,” she said.
It has been a tough year for most local businesses and Time Pieces is no exception, but Lorna believes that lockdown has stirred the creative juices in some customers.
“I think people have had more time to spend at home and think about how they might decorate and so our home décor has sold really well this year.
“We are delighted to be back open and to see people for a chat. So many of our customers have said that it’s great to be able to shop for real, as opposed to online. By visiting a local shop they can socialise and get a real feel for the products they’re purchasing. There’s no disappointment then when they take it home!”
Presenting unique ideas, with an emphasis on Irish-made products, beautiful pieces of art, jewellery, antiques, object d’art, antique clocks and an amazing collection of gifts for the home and individual, means that Time Pieces continues to inspire.
“We’ll continue to offer the ‘Wow factor’ and bring items to Roscommon town that have never been seen here before. It’s nice that we’ve been the first in the country to stock a lot of items, let alone Roscommon, and we hope to continue to do that,” Lorna adds.
“During lockdown we had a lot of remote sales from people in places as far away as Australia, which was great. Those customers are people who perhaps emigrated but remember Time Pieces and are buying for loved ones at home. We have shipped products to places across Ireland and to the UK.
“We really appreciate people in Australia and other places thinking of us and it’s great to see that they see the value in shopping local too, even though they can’t call in in person.
“We are active on Facebook and we have just started on Instagram as well and we were given a great plug by JohnJoe (Brennan) on Facebook recently too!”
Speaking of JohnJoe, who once famously appeared on the Late Late Toy Show, Mary said Vincent is thrilled that his grandson, now a law student in Paris, has taken up his love of clocks.
She concluded by wishing all Time Pieces valued customers and friends a very Happy and Healthy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.