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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 May 29, 2024

The Annual General Meeting of the Irish Association was held in Holy Trinity, Drumbo on Saturday 25th May 2024. Following elections the Association Office Bearers from 1st January 2025 are:

  • President – Simon Walker
  • General Secretary – Fiona Chamberlain
  • Ringing Master – Niamh Hickey
  • General Treasurer – Torstein Strandenes

Two proposals agreed by the meeting were –

  1. The Librarian is no longer an Officer of the Association. Rather, the post will be filled by nomination and vote at the AGM. The Librarian will not have a vote at the meeting and will not be governed by the Officer 5-year rule.
  2. The IACR Bell Repair Fund has been wound-up. There have been no draw-downs from the fund since set-up approx. 30 years ago; Each district also has a Bell Repair Fund, so Association funds will be re-distributed to each district fund.

The Murphy Cup striking competition followed the AGM – Congratulations to St Nicholas, Carrickfergus on winning  – some photos are at this link

District Practices and Events June – August 2024

  • Northern District – Saturday 1st June 2024 –St Saviour’s, Greyabbey – 14.00 -17.00
  • Eastern District – Saturday 15th June 2024 – Christ Church, Taney – 14:00 to 16:00. Weather and personnel permitting it is hoped to have the Mini Bells erected and available for use.
  • Eastern District – Saturday 10th August 2024 – St Audeon’s, Dublin – 14.00 – 16.00
  • Eastern District – Saturday 24th August 2024 – Galbraith Cup – Christ Church Taney

Please note change of venue for Northern District Practice, Saturday 7th September 2024. This Practice will now take place in SS Philip and James, Holywood – 14.00 – 17.00 hrs and not Enniskillen as originally planned.

Events

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.

Learn To Ring

Would you like to Learn to Ring and expand your ringing knowledge? Click on the following link Learn to Ring and contact us for further information.