The Irish Association of Change Ringers

125 years ringing in Ireland

December 2023

November 29, 2023


Wishing all our members God’s blessing this Christmas and a joyful and prosperous New Year for 2024.  

Hope that you all get to ring in your respective towers this Christmas.  

Anyone unable to attend Maud Lindsay funeral tomorrow, can view it on the following link.

Ringing prior to Maud’s Lindsay funeral – Friday 29th December 2023

10:45-11:00 Drumbo bellringers

11:00-11:55 Open ringing. Aim is that as people arrive at the service, everyone who wants to ring will get the opportunity.

Don will be coordinating the ringing in the tower.

We would like to ensure that their sufficient ringers in the tower to keep the ringing going until the service time.

The rector has asked can people please park at the hall, as the front of church will be needed for the funeral cars. Thanks

Update 26th December 2023


Funeral Service Details for Maud Lindsay.

A Thanksgiving service will be held in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Ballylesson on Friday 29th December 2023 at 12 noon, followed by interment in the adjoining churchyard.

There will be ringing before funeral – details to follow.

Sad news. Maud Lindsay from Drumbo,who many of you knew from Association Events, District Practices and practice nights, passed away in her sleep last night. May she rest in peace🙏🙏

Further information will be made available when known.



We plan to insert Christmas and New Year ringing dates here, please forward to

Update 13-12-2023

Please find attached the attendance shield sheet for 2023 which can be downloaded on the following link. Can all towers please complete them and send them directly to Don McLean – Association Ringing Master – by 14th January 2024.

Don has asked to emphasise the importance of ALL TOWERS sending him their attendance details as requested,even if only on a sheet to ensure they have a chance to win the shield . As well as being a competition it’s a vehicle to measure the number bells rung for Sunday services in Ireland.

Update 12-12-2023

Obituary for Philip Kimber, Holy Trinity, Drumbo died on 5th October 2023  can be found here.

Update 10-12-2023

Northern District Practice 2024 – All 2pm- 5pm unless stated

Sat 13 Jan 2024 –  St Thomas Belfast – Patterson Cup

Sat 3 Feb 2024 –  St Mark Dundela

Sat 2 Mar 2024 – Carrickfergus St Nicholas  – 6:30 till 8:45

Mon 1 Apr 2024 – St Donard Belfast – AGM & Cunningham Cup

Sat 6 Apr 2024 – Rostrevor St Bronach

Sat 4 May 2024 – Londonderry St Columb’s Cathedral

Sat 1 Jun 2024 – Greyabbey St Saviour

Sat 7 Sep 2024 – Enniskillen St Macartin’s Cathedral

Sat 28 Sep 2024 – Kilmood St Mary  – Iveagh cup

Sat 5 Oct 2024 – Bangor St Comgall

Sat 2 Nov 2024 – Drumbo Holy Trinity

Sat 7 Dec 2024 – Hillsborough St Malachy


Obituary for Theresa Nolan St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin  died on 3rd November 2023  can be found here.

Brian Kearney former John Lane’s Ringer died on 11th November 2023.

The Boyne Cup

St. Peter’s Church of Ireland Guild of Bellringers is extending an invitation to all towers to compete in a change ringing striking contest to take place in St. Peter’s Church Drogheda on Saturday 3rd February 2024 at 14.00.

  • The event is intended to take place annually thereafter.
  • The purpose is to encourage well-struck change ringing on the island of Ireland. For 2024 the minimum requirement will be plain hunt. More advanced teams may ring what they do best.
  • Each team should comprise regular Sunday ringers at a particular tower.
  • Teams wishing to take part please contact the Honorary Secretary of St. Peter’s Bellringers at

Further information:  Teams coming from 8 bell towers should ring 8. Those from 6 bell towers can ring whichever 6 they prefer; front or back.  As this is the inaugural Boyne Cup event rules will be flexible. However, we will insist on change ringing, no call changes allowed. Teams are welcome to join our Wednesday practices to familiarise themselves with our bells.

Association and District Practices Events:

Northern District PracticeSt Malachy’s Royal, Hillsborough – 14.00 – 17.00

Eastern District Practice – Saturday 9th December 2023 – Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, 14.00 – 16.00 – Please note change of venue

The Boyne Cup – Saturday 3rd February 2024 – St Peter’s, Drogheda – 14.00

Executive Council Meeting – Saturday 17th February 2024 – 11.00 – venue and location to be confirm.

IACR Southern District AGM and RR Cherry Cup – Saturday 23rd March. Venue is Skibbereen

IACR Northern District AGM and Cunningham Cup Competition – Monday 1st April 2024 – St Donard’s, Belfast, meeting 11am, Church Service and Competition 14.00

IACR Annual General Meeting – Saturday 25th May 2024 – 11.00 – Northern District

Murphy Cup Competition – Saturday 25th May 2024 – 14.00hrs – Northern District