St Anne’s Church Shandon, built in 1722, home to the famous Shandon Bells, is a landmark building and has been a place of worship for over 280 years.
The Bells of Shandon first rang out across the city in 1752. Cast in Gloucesterin England, the eight bells each carry their own inscription. The tower is also home to one of the largest caged clocks in Europe installed by the corporation in 1847 and known as the ‘four faced liar’ because of its sometimes errant time telling! At the top of the tower is the gilded salmon,or ‘de goldie fish’ an old symbol of Christianity and a symbol representing salmon fishing in the river Lee. There is a spectacular view of the city at the viewing parapet at 120ft/36m.
The interior of St Anne’s church, with its Victorian wooden vaulted ceiling, has a number of interesting features-it’s barley sugar twist altar rail; a baptismal font dating back to 1629, and its beautiful stained-glass windows.
Guided Tour of Tower & Bells
Our guide will tell you the history of St Anne’s Church, one of the oldest churches still in use in the city centre, show you how to ring the Shandon bells, introduce you to Bob + Joan of the Greencoat School, show you the mechanism of the famous ‘Four Faced Liar Clock’ and lead you up past the bells in the Belfry to see the amazing view of the city.
There will be 4 tours from 10am to 12pm. Maximum 20 people per tour. Tour duration: 30 mins.
Tickets are free but booking is essential as numbers are limited. Entry is by official ticket only and at the specific tour time which will be allocated to you. Tickets can be applied for online only. Go to: www. shandonbells.ie and ‘Events’ section.