The Irish Association of Change Ringers

125 years ringing in Ireland

Waterford 150, 30 July 2022

Saturday 30th July 2022 the Waterford team hosted ringers from the 4 corners of the island to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the ringing of the first peal in Ireland.

On Tuesday 9th December 1873, 5040 of Grandsire Triples was achieved in 2 hours, 50 minutes. While the group were IACR members “for the day”, they were all members of the Ancient Society of College Youths.

A welcome from both the Dean of Waterford and the Mayor of Waterford preceded 2 hours of ringing. While the hoped-for quarter peal was postponed until a later date, a plain course of Grandsire Triples was scored as a tip to the first peal!

When ringing was finished, all were treated to a generous lunch featuring both savoury and sweet items.

Big, big Thank you to Richard and Torstein for all the organising, and to the Waterford catering team for the banquet.

Comments made by the Mayor of Waterford & County, Cllr. John O’Leary on the 150th anniversary of bell ringing at Christchurch Cathedral, Waterford can be read here