The Irish Association of Change Ringers

125 years ringing in Ireland

October 2023

October 1, 2023

Update 23rd October 2023

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 3 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.

Update 20th October 2023

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

Update 19th October 2023

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

The President of the Irish Association of Change Ringers invites members and their guests to the Autumn Ringing Festival, this year celebrating our 125th Anniversary,  which will be held in the Eastern District, on Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd October 2023.

On Saturday 21st October ringing has been arranged as follows:

11am – 12.30pm Christ Church Cathedral and St Audoen’s Church

( open simultaneously)

Lunch:  The Goat (D14 PY56) near Taney Church, is suggested.

14.30-16.00pm Christ Church, Taney

17.00 – 18.30pm Christ Church, Bray

The Annual Dinner will be held at 19.30 in the Martello Hotel, Bray. The cost is €30.00 (two courses) or €35.00 (three courses) plus tea/coffee. The menu is attached and choices may be made on the evening. Please could tower correspondents indicate the number of people attending from your tower by contacting Fiona Chamberlain by Saturday 14th October at

On Sunday morning 22nd October we are invited to join local service ringing, which takes place at the following times:

Christ Church, Bray:                                                            10.30-10.55am

Christ Church Cathedral:                        10.20 – 10.55am

St Patrick’s Cathedral:                              10.30-11.15am.

St Audoen’s:                                                9.30-10.00am

Ringers are asked to text Robert McDonald at 086-0403726 in advance if they wish to take part in ringing at St Audoen’s, as access is limited.

On Sunday afternoon at 15.15 pm Choral Evensong in St Patrick’s Cathedral will commemorate the IACR’s 125th Anniversary. There will be ringing from 14.30 to 15.15pm and after the service from 16.30 to 17.15pm.

We look forward to seeing as many of our members as possible at this very enjoyable annual event

General Information

  • Safeguarding: In accordance with IACR safeguarding policy, persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by two adults from their own tower. In addition, host towers are asked to keep a record of all persons attending.
  • Photography / videoing: Please note that IACR safeguarding policy and GDPR legislation require that agreement is sought from photograph / video subjects before images can be displayed on social media etc.
  • Ringing: All persons will be catered for and so call changes and plain hunt will be rung as well as Grandsire (5, 7 and 9), Plain  Bob (5, 6, 7, 8 and 9) and, if numbers permit, Stedman(5, 7, 9). Cambridge Surprise Minor and Major will also be attempted if numbers permit. If you wish to ring in the methods/ principles, please make sure you have learnt the work before “catching hold”.


Galbriath Cup 2024

Advance Date for your dairy’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 for October – December 2023:

The next Northern District Practice will be held in Ballylesson Drumbo on 7th October 2023, 14.00 – 17.00

As you all know Mike Pomeroy from Limerick passed away recently. Before his death he requested that part of his ashes be laid beside his favourite Northern District Tower i.e. Drumbo. It is planned to do this on the day of the practice when hopefully ringers who knew him can attend.

This will happen at 1.30 p.m. before practice start time.

West Cork Ringing Festival – Friday 6th – Sunday 8th October 2023: for further information click here

The Association will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2023, details above.

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

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