Update 10th April 2020

First, let me wish all our members good health and safety during the Covid-19 emergency.

Amid the disruption to our lives caused by this virus, people may have been wondering what will happen about the district and association competitions and AGMs that usually take place at this time of year but had to be postponed. We very much hope it is just that - postponed, not cancelled.

Consultation with district and association officers has come up with a suggestion to hold the Association AGM and Murphy Cup on Saturday 21st November, that being the third Saturday of the month. A venue will be fixed by the Ringing Master in due course. If the Covid-19 virus runs a similar course to most viruses, it could be possible to resume normal activities by the summer, in which case a November date would give the three districts plenty of time in which to choose dates for their own AGMs and striking competitions. In a worst-case scenario we could abandon everything for 2020, but I hope it won't come to that.

Meanwhile, stay safe, maybe do a bit of ringing homework during the lockdown, and look forward to better times.

Julia Lysaght

President, IACR

6th April 2020


Update from the IACR President

The Ringing World has published the following Central Council message on Bellboard:

The UK government has advised against all unnecessary social contact with immediate effect. The Prime Minister advised in a press conference of 16th March that now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.

The Central Council has released a statement in response to the UK government. They advise that If you haven't already decided to cancel ringing activities, it seems that now is the time to do so. The Ringing World agrees with this statement. It is hard to interpret the government's guidance in any way other than that all planned ringing activities in the UK should now cease.

In my opinion it would make sense for towers in the Irish Republic to adopt a similar stance.

Julia Lysaght

Thursday 19th March 2020

A message from the IACR President
Dear fellow members,
These are difficult times, with Coronavirus affecting every aspect of our lives, and of course this includes ringing. Some towers have already announced that there will be no ringing until further notice, and church authorities are cancelling or curtailing many services.  In these circumstances I feel that our parishioners will understand if we do not call the faithful to worship as we would normally do. Let us all use our common sense, and pray that we stay well and that the epidemic will soon be over
Julia Lysaght
IACR President 
Sunday 15th March 2020