[Bell Historians] SS Mary & Ann, Cork.

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Mon Nov 3 11:28:15 GMT 2008

St Anne, Shandon, Cork

The reason they can't be rung is that they are hung dead, in the old ringing frame.

Originally a ring of eight by Abel Rudhall 1750. 5th recast by Mears in 1869. Treble, second and tenor recast by Taylor in 1908. It was at the last date that the bells were rehung for chiming only.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Alan Buswell 
  To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 11:02 AM
  Subject: [Bell Historians] SS Mary & Ann, Cork.

  From a letter received from America,
  I wanted to let you know that in Sept. we happen to spend a day in Cork, Ireland, where we visited St. Anna Church, (or was it St. Ann's?)  No matter - The point is that for 5 euro you could climb to the top of the bell tower to take in the view, and on the way up stop to ring the bells.  Charles stayed below to listen while I payed the money to ring the bells.  They had 8 bells with each of the ropes lined up and numbered against the wall.  They had "music", that is the numerical order, for a number of different songs.  I started with Amazing Grace, followed by another hymn and finished with the Welsh National Anthem, a rather long piece.  I would still be there today, playing, if it wasn't for a group of Italian tourist that showed up and wanted to play,"Don't cry for me Argentina."  

  Before replying to this letter, can any one tell me what is making these bells unringable and give any other material that may be of interest.
  Thanks, Alan Buswell

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