The Christ Church Cathedral Society of Change Ringers (Established 31 July 1670) from Christ Church Cathedral
Greetings from the Christ Church Cathedral Society of Change Ringers, Dublin! Ringers worldwide, please note that visitors are welcome both to join in service ringing and practice sessions. Contact the ringing master, Nigel Pelow with requests for use of bells.
Those who ring the great bells of Christ Church Cathedral maintain a tradition going back centuries. The cathedral’s deployment of 19 bells, ranging in weight from a quarter of a ton to two and a quarter tons, represents a world record of numbers of bells available for full-circle ringing. Every bell as it sounds out has been swiftly swung through 360 degrees, to combine with the others in the music of the changes. The oldest bells still in use here date from 1738 while the first notice of bells in Christ Church tower is an entry in the records for the death of John Kyrcham, ‘maker of our bells’, in 1423.
Below are three recent recordings of our bells. The first two (12 bells & 16 bells) are ringing rounds and the third, the Grandspire Triples, is method ringing.
12 Bells, ringing rounds:
16 Bells, ringing rounds:
Grandspire Triples, method ringing:
Ringing the Bells of Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral is delighted to offer the unique opportunity of receiving a guided tour of the tower of Christ Church Cathedral, which includes a chance to ring the bells under expert supervision.
Tour are now available at the following times.
Saturday 11.30am 1.15pm
Service Ringing Sunday 10.00 and 14.30
Practice Ringing Friday 18.00-21.00.
On occasion we may start at 18.00 please check with the ringing master. Visiting ringers welcome, but advisable to make contact beforehand by emailing email@example.com).
Tours of the belfry are available. Visitors to the belfry will be shown how the bells are rung and be introduced to the culture of ringers (campanologists) by a practising ringer and teacher of the art, for a rare insight into the atmosphere of bell-ringing and its place in the cultural history of Dublin. For more information on tours or to book a group for an exclusive tour outside of the scheduled times please contact the cathedral office on 01-6778099 or firstname.lastname@example.org . As there are over 80 steps to the belfry, tours are not recommended for children under 12 or the infirm. Tours of the belfry are undertaken at your own risk.
Here are some videos (not shot in our belfry) which will give you an idea of what happens in a bell tower:
Bellringers’ Lindoff Cup Success!
I am very proud to announce that today (Saturday 13 March 2010), Christ Church Cathedral ringers won the annual Eastern District striking competition and retained the Lindoff Cup for the fifth year in succession. Eight of our Sunday Service band went along to Taney this afternoon and successfully defended their title of local ringing champions, beating off a strong challenge from St Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church Taney. We will now go forward to the All-Ireland competition for the Murphy Cup in May which will be held at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda. Such is the attraction of this competition that RTÉ were there to cover the day’s ringing and it was featured on the programme Capital D!
Ian Bell, Ringing Master
Murphy Cup Winners
Today at Christ Church Taney, we won the Murphy Cup which is the Irish Association of Change Ringers Annual Striking Competition. This is the most prestigious All-Ireland ringing competition and is the ringing equivalent of the Sam Maguire! Here is a picture of the victorious team proudly holding the Murphy Cup.