St Mary's Cathedral

St Mary's Cathedral Limerick is home to the Southern Districts only set of mini-bells. The bells are situated in the Cathedral and arrangements to ring them can be made through Mike Pomeroy.
The Cathedral is situated on the area of Limerick known as King's Island, Limerick's Medieval Quarter. St Mary's have 8 bells with a tenor weight of 24cwts and are tuned to F.

 

Sunday ringing is at 10:30 and practice night is Monday at 20:00.

Please arrange with tower Sec for Monday nights as access is through a side door.



Tower Contact
Tower Sec St Mary’s Cathedral 
Kieron Brislane
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Directions

As you approach the city from Dublin and the North drive along Clare St until you come to the Abbey roundabout, take the 2nd exit to the traffic lights and turn left. Continue to next traffic lights where you will see the Cathedral ahead of you on your right.

 

 

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Long Service Awards

At a recent function, given by Dean Maurice Sirr of St Mary's to mark  his retirement and to say thank you to the ringers of St Mary's for their service to the Cathedral, long service awards were presented to 3 ringers from St Mary's Cathedral and to Jack Sciascia of Mt St Alphonsus for his long and continued contribution to the ringing in St Mary's. The St Mary's ringers were Bryan Brislane, Ken Brislane and Tom Marsden, who between them have over 180 years service to the ringing in St Mary's.
The awards were specially commissioned medallions in 18ct gold and were designed by Sarah Gough a former ringer in St Mary's.
The Dean was also presented with a silver medallion to mark his years as President of St Mary's, he has given over 20 years to the ringers.
A most enjoyable evening was had by all with a magnificent meal prepared by the Dean wife Mrs. Paddy Sirr.

St Mary's Long Service Awards

 

 


 

Ennis Camera Club Visit

On Monday night 18th July some members of the Ennis Camera Club joined the ringers at the regular practice. The Camera Club took the opportunity to go the highest accessible place in Limerick to take some photos. They also took some photos of the ringers as they practiced and were fascinated by the skills and ability of all the ringers.

The Ennis Camera Club visitors with the ringers in St Mary's Cathedral

 

More photographs are available in the Photo Gallery, follow the link under 'Association' in the main menu on the left.

For more from the Ennis Camera Club click here.


Annual Outing 2011

The annual outing was held last Sunday Sept 11th  and  the event was a great success. We went to Bunratty Folk Park and even though the weather was a bit inclement it was a great afternoon strolling around the many sights and houses that are in the park.

Lunch beforehand was in PJ Clarke's in Bunratty village and a group of over 20 ringers and partners all had a very enjoyable meal.

Many thanks to Fr. Adrian Egan of Mt St Alphonsus for arranging a special admission charge for all who went on the outing.

2011 group at the outing

 


Camera Club 2nd visit.

Ennis Camera club re-visited the Cathedral recently and took some stunning photos of the inside of the Cathedral go to the Photo Gallery page under the Association link in the main menu to view the photos.

For more from the Ennis Camera Club click here.

 


Culture Night 2013

Culture Night was held on Friday Sept 20 2013 and events were held all over the country. St Mary's Cathedral Bellringers took an active part in the Limerick event. It was decided to hold an open night in the Cathedral and tower and bring groups of 15-20 people to the ringing room and into the bell chamber to see how the 'full-circle' ringing is accomplished. A short talk on the history of the bells and a brief display of bell-ringing would also be provided. With the approval of the Dean, Reverend Sandra Pragnall, to open the Cathedral from 17:30 to 21:30 on Culture Night, it was full steam ahead with our plans.

Video cameras were bought and installed and 2 screen were secured to be put close to the tower entrance showing the ringing room and the bells.

Sarah Gough, our good friend, one-time ringer and artist extraordinaire would have a clay bell making workshop for the children who could bring home the bells they made.

The  refreshments station was decided and tea, coffee, milk, sugar and biccies were provided by some of the ringers. The station was manned by ringers wives and family with cups and facilities provided by the Cathedral. All we needed now was the visitors to turn up.

At 6:00 our first visitor, a young mother with her 2 children. While Mum learned a little about the Cathedral and bells the children were trying out the mini-bells and making clay bell decorations. Then another visitor and another, soon we had our first group up the stairs and the Cathedral was ringing to the sound of the mini-bells. Before long we had a queue for going upstairs, the mini-bells were going strong and the clay bell making was going full tilt. The video screens at the bottom of the stairs relayed relayed the pictures from the tower and everyone could see the bell ringers and the bells.

The tea and coffee were doing great business, maybe we should have charged, the Bell Restoration Fund coffers would have been filled!!

Before we knew it, 21:30 had come and it was time to close. We were all exhausted and overwhelmed at the turn out of visitors. Over 700 people visited the Cathedral and the tower Visitors Book had 120 new entries and not everyone signed the book!!

A great many people gave up their time for Culture Night and we would like to thank everyone who helped, it would be impossible to name them all but there are a few who deserve special mention, Dean Pragnell, Sarah Gough, Andrew Elleker,Julia Lysaght, Barbara Mulcahy, my wife Mary and daughter Lucy.

Many thanks to all for a great, successful night, without your efforts the night would not have been so good.
Looking forward to the next Culture Night!!!

 

Christy Pratt