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Information about the virus, signs and symptoms can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  or https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/?referrer=/health-covid-19/ but there are some very simple guidelines to follow during every day activities as found on the CCCBR website, while the IACR cannot offer any professional medical advice, we would recommend that you adopt sensible precautions and follow the advice from the Chief Medical Officer:


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 
  • always wash your hands before and after ringing
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards or use sanitiser gel
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • lick or spit on your hands before catching hold of a rope, use other methods of increasing grip e.g. liquid chalk

We all have a duty to adopt sensible precautions to protect ourselves, our friends and families and to follow the current advice.  Sources of information can be found here:

Northern Ireland -  https://www.ireland.anglican.org/cmsfiles/images/news/pressreleases/2020/Covid-19-Poster-NI.pdf

Southern Irelandhttps://www.ireland.anglican.org/cmsfiles/images/news/pressreleases/2020/Covid-19-Poster-RI.pdf


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

Cancelled Events , Practices and Service Ringing

As the COVID-19 situation changes daily, many ringing events may be called off. Please check with the tower concerned before travelling.

District secretaries and Tower Secretaires are asked to let Peter McBride or Andrew White know of any cancellations. 

Updated 12th May 2020

An updated version of COVID-19 News item has been added to the CCCBR website: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 

A message from our President Julia Lysaght on our new Facebook page: May I suggest that everyone logging on to the IACR Facebook page follows the link given by the CCCBR and then reads the assessment by Dr Barnes and Dr Kelso, both senior doctors as well as active ringers.

Information on Our silent Church Bells during Coronavirus from CCCBR.

Updated 7th May 2020

COVID-19 and ringing Central Council position statement May 5th 2020 can be view here issued on 5th May 2020.

The Irish Association of Change Ringers (IACR) now has a facebook group which dedicated to the art of change ringing in Ireland. This covers both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. If you aren't a member please join the group via this link and one of the admin group will be happy to approve your membership.

Updated 18th March 2020

  • IACR Association Practice - Saturday 28th March 2020 -  Cancelled - see message from IACR Ringing Master - Michael Pomeroy
    • "In the light of the ongoing and worsening Covid-19 virus pandemic, I have decided that the Association Practice scheduled for March 28th at Drumbo and St. Mark's Dundela is cancelled. I will reorganize as soon as it appears safe to do so. In the meantime, keep safe and learn those blue lines!
  • St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny - all Practices and Service ringing cancelled until further notice.
  • Mt.St Alphonsus, Limerick - all ringing suspended until 5th April 2020
  • St Mark's Dundela, Belfast - all Practices and Service ringing cancelled until further notice.

Updated 17th March 2020

As of midday on Wednesday 18th March 2020 all Sunday Church Services and Mid-Week Services are all cancelled until further notice in the Northern Province.


  • Northern District AGM and Cunningham Cup Competition ~ Saturday 18th April 2020 - cancelled 
  • Northern District Mini bell practiceSaturday 21st March 2020 - Cancelled.
    • FROM: Robert Foulis, Northern District Chairman

      On Government advice, due to the recent events with the Coronavirus we have taken the decision to postpone the Meeting and Competition until later in the Year.

      Mini Bell practice also postponed.

      Consult IACR for updates.

      Keep safe.

      Robert Foulis

      IACR (Northern District Chairman)

  • St Comgall, Bangor, all Practices and Service ringing cancelled until further notice.
  • SS Philip and James, Holywood, Practices and Service ringing su cancelled until further notice.
  • Northern District Practice - SS Philip and James, Holywood, Saturday 4th April 2020 - Cancelled
  • Holy Trinity, Drumbo, Practices and Service ringing cancelled until further notice. 
  • St Mary's Church, Dunmanway, Practices and Service ringing cancelled until further notice. 
  • Skibbereen, Practices and Service ringing cancelled until further notice. 
  • Rosscarbery, Practices and Service ringing cancelled until further notice. 

 Updated 16th March 2020

  • Southern District AGM and Cherry Cup Competition ~ Sunday 5th April 2020 - Cancelled 
  • St Bronach's,  Rostrevor, Practices and Service ringing suspended until further notice.
  • St Saviour, Greyabbey, Practices and Service ringing suspended until further notice. 
  • Christ Church Lurgan (Shankill), Practices and Service ringing suspended until further notice. 
  • St Malachy, Hillsborough - Practices and Service ringing cancelled until further notice.
  • St Nicholas, Carrickfergus - Practices and Service ringing cancelled until further notice.
  • St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork - Practices and Service ringing cancelled until further notice.
  • St Donards, Belfast - Practices and Service ringing cancelled until further notice. 
  • St Patrick's, Coleraine - Practices and Service ringing cancelled until further notice.

Updated - 15th March 2020

  • St Macartins Cathedral Enniskillen - all ringing cancelled ~ as per Clogher Diocese website.
  • Southern District Practice - St Mary's Cathedral Limerick - Sunday 15th March 2020 - cancelled.
  • Christ Church Cathedral Waterford ~ Cathedral closed until further notice as per parish website.
  • St Thomas, Belfast, Practices and Service ringing suspended  until further notice.

Updated - 13th March 2020

  • Saturday 14th March 2020 - Eastern District AGM and Lindoff Cup - Cancelled
  • St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin - Practices and Service Ringing Suspended until further notice
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin - Practices and Service Ringing Suspended until further notice

Eastern District Events 2020

Saturday 11th January

Christ Church Cathedral
Grandsire and Plain Bob 14:00 – 16:00

Saturday 8th February

St. Patrick's Cathedral 14:00 – 16:00

Saturday 14th March Bray - POSTPONDED

Lindoff Cup Competition
Eastern District AGM Team Captains meet ED Ringing Master 13:45
ED AGM to follow in the Church.

Saturday 18th April  Please note that the April meeting is the third Saturday due to Easter

Arklow 14:00 -16:00

May Murphy Cup
No EDP To be organised by Association

Saturday 13th June

Drogheda 14:00 – 16:00

Saturday 11th July

Wexford 14:00 – 16:00

Saturday 8th August

St. Audoen's (TBC) 14:00 – 16:00

Saturday 12th September

Blessington 14:00 – 16:00

Saturday 10th October

John,s Lane 14:00 – 16:00

Saturday 24th October

Autumn Ringing Festival 

Northern District Venues and times tbc

Saturday 14th November

Christ Church Cathedral 14:00 – 16:00

Saturday 12th December

St Patrick's Cathededral 14:00 – 16:00