In 1875, three clockmaker brothers from the Black Forest in Germany opened a watchmaking business in Quay Street, Sligo. The brothers Adolph, Edward and Bartholomew sold clocks and repaired watches at their premises until 1900. Bartholomew returned back to Germany at this time and the remaining two brothers opened a new shop at a premises in number 3 Knox Street, now O'Connell Street, where the business remains today.
Edward died leaving no children, but Adolph had two sons Fred and Eddie, who would carry on the family business after Adolph’s untimely passing. Fred was a watchmaker of some distinction and worked for Rolex before coming back to work in the family business. Fred and Eddie worked along with their mother Anastacia, who some of our older customers may remember as a fixture of the old shop, sitting in her chair inside the door.
Eddie was a renowned gentleman and a popular man in Sligo and in the Jewellery trade. A keen sportsman, he was a founding member of Strandhill Golf Club and indeed the Irish Jewellery Trade Golfing Association. A fantastic soccer player in his youth, Eddie won two Connacht Cups and a Western League medal with Sligo Bohemians.
Eddie's son Tony went to work in the family business in the 1970s after completing a Watchmaking Diploma at the Irish/Swiss Institute of Horology. In the late 1980s Tony acquired number 2 O'Connell Street, previously Young's Medical Hall, which extended the shop to create a new giftware and watch section, and a new dedicated private room for viewing engagement rings. Over the years Tony has completed many diamond courses, making him an expert in his field. Tony is also a Registered Valuer and conducts valuations on the premises.
In August 2007, the most radical change for many years occurred to Wehrly Bros, with a completely new shop fit. The old-world style was gone and replaced with a new vibrant, modern, yet elegant decor.
In 2009 Tony's son, Richard became the fourth generation of the Wehrly family to go into the family business. Richard has a degree in Marketing from Dublin Institute of Technology and has also completed jewellery and diamond courses with the National Association of Goldsmiths and The Gemmological Association of Great Britain.