The Irish Association of Change Ringers

125 years ringing in Ireland

November 2023

October 25, 2023

IACR 125th Anniversary and Autumn Ringing Festival

View some of the photos taken over the weekend of 21st/22nd October at these links …

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.

Richard R Cherry

See a document, compiled by Derek McEndoo, the Ringing Master at St Patrick’s Cathedral, on the life of Richard R Cherry at this link

Galbraith Cup 2024

Advance Date for your diary’s 2024 – Galbraith Cup 2024 – due to the busyness of our parish centre in September and the weather we encountered this year for the Galbraith Cup we have moved the competition back a few weeks for next year and confirm that the date for the 4th Annual Galbraith Cup is 24th August 2024. Registration at 12 noon. Competition starts at 1pm. Thanks for coming to this year’s Galbraith Cup.

Brian and Helen – Christ Church, Taney, Dundrum

Association and District Practices Events:

Northern District Practice – Saturday 4th November 2023 – St Donard’s, Belfast , 14.00 – 17.00

Southern Distrist: The Sam Maguire Community Bells are looking forward to hosting the Bogan Cup on 5th November 2023 @ 14.00 hrs.  They hope as many as possible can take part and would kindly ask that you confirm numbers attending for catering purposes:

Eastern District Practice – Saturday 11th November 2023 – St Mary’s, Blessington, 14.00 – 16.00 – Please note change of venue

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