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Welcome to the official website of the Irish Association of Change Ringers.

The Association was formed in 1898 and promotes the ringing of church bells for divine service throughout the island of Ireland and the study of scientific change ringing.

The Association, consisting of approximately 300 members, is affiliated to the global body of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers along with the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Europe and South Africa.

Latest News

Updated April 3, 2024

Update 10th April 2024

 Irish Association of Change Ringers Safeguarding video created by Dean Cliff Jeffers is now available for viewing on the Association YouTube Channel, link below.

IACR Safeguarding Video

Update 9th April 2024

The Northern District Mini Bells, has been sold to the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild. We thank Matthew Higby for the transportation from Northern Ireland to mainland we wish the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild best wishes in their future use.



Congratulations to the following teams on wining their respective district cup competitions:

  • St Malachi, Hillsborough A, on winning the Cunningham Cup Competition
  • Christ Church, Taney, on winning the Lindoff Cup Competition
  • St Mary’s, Dunmanway, on winning the RR Cherry Cup Competition

All the winning teams will now take part in the Murphy Cup Competition which will be held in Northern District on Saturday 25th May 2024, at Holy Trinity Church Ballylesson (Drumbo). The following teams as runners up in the district cup competition will also take part.

  • St Nicholas, Carrickfergus
  • St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny
  • St Audoen’s, Dublin
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

Further details to follow re this competition and Executive Council meeting which will take place in morning.

Congratulations goes to St Comgall, Bangor on Winning the IACR Attendance Sheild for 2023 showing the best improvement in the average percentage of bells rung for Service compared to the previous year.

Congratulations goes to Thomas McDowell from St Nicholas, Carrickfergus on winning The McBride Memorial Cup for the best improved young person in the Northern District for 2023.


The resumed Eastern District AGM will take place at Christchurch Cathedral Dublin, on Saturday 13th April at 1pm. The District Practice will follow from 2 – 4pm.

Reminder – To become a member of the IACR Private Facebook group there are only a few conditions.

  1. First you must be a fully paid up and elected member of The Irish Association of Change Ringers as recorded in the most recent list of members as held by the Association Treasurer.
  2. Second you must complete the list of questions which accompany your request for membership.

These conditions were added because it was found quite a number of non-bellringing people were trying to join.  This continues to be a problem. Also to allow membership to non-paid up and elected members calls into question why pay anything. The very few exceptions are people such as bell hangers etc. Please when asking to join what has become a valuable source of communication between members these requirements are followed.

The Web site committee will meet on Wednesday, 24th April 2024.  Please share any upcoming tower or district dates that you wish to be publicised to –

District Practices for April 2024:

Northern District – Saturday 6th April 2024 – Kilbroney, Rostrevor – 14.00 -17.00

Association Events and District Practices for May 2024:

Northern District – Saturday 4th May 2024 – St Columb’s Cathedral Londonderry – 14.00 -17.00

The Executive Council Meeting and Murphy Cup Competition for 2024 –

Saturday 25th May 2024 – Holy Trinity Church, Ballylesson (Drumbo)


Check out the Events page for a list of Association & District Practices, Competitions and Festivals for 2023. Book your diary now to ensure you never miss these important events.

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