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OLDEST - Church Bells in Ireland - St Audoen's Anglican Church, Dublin, Ireland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 53° 20.625 W 006° 16.476
29U E 681427 N 5913973
Quick Description: Sited in the heart of the walled medieval city, St Audoen's Anglican Church is the only remaining medieval parish church in Dublin. The church's tower contains 6 bells, three of which are the oldest bells in Ireland.
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Date Posted: 4/16/2016 2:17:02 AM
Waymark Code: WMQYNK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
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Long Description:

Wikipedia has an article about the bell tower that tells us:

The church tower dates from the 17th century. The need to keep this structure in good repair was always a drain on parish funds. It was repaired in 1637, which was paid for by the Guild of St Anne, but in 1669 part of it collapsed onto the roof of the church, and it had to be re-built. The Guild contributed £250 towards the cost of reconstruction. In 1826 the tower was remodelled by Henry Aaron Baker but by the end of the century was again in a dangerous state. Some remedial work was carried out in 1916 after an appeal from the Archbishop of Dublin, but it was not until the major restoration of 1982 that the tower was rendered safe.

The tower houses six bells, three of which are Ireland's oldest bells, dating from 1423. The bells were rung for the Angelus and after the Reformation continued to be rung every morning and evening to call the people to and from their work. Due to the fragile state of the tower they were not pealed between 1898 and 1983. After the tower was strengthened the bells were retuned in 1983. One of them, the tenor, was recast in memory of Alexander E. Donovan (1908-1982), who was closely connected with the church. They are now pealed every week.

The present clock on the church tower came from St Peter's Church in Aungier Street, after this church was demolished in the 1980s. The clock face dates from the 1820s.

Type of documentation of superlative status: Website

Location of coordinates: Base of bell tower

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