Cobh's Bells

Venue: St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh
Town: Cobh
Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Age: All Ages
Booking Required: No


Recital by resident carillonneur Adrian Gebruers on Cobh’s grand carillon, the only such instrument in the Republic and the largest in terms of the number of bells in Ireland and Britain. Best heard outdoors, one especially good listening place being the Cathedral car park.

Over a hundred years ago, Bishop Robert Browne of Cloyne commissioned a carillon from the bell-founders John Taylor & Son of Loughborough (England) to be the crowning glory of his magnificent new St Colman’s Cathedral. The instrument was installed between 1914 and 1916. There have been two major renovations of the Carillon since its original installation and it now boasts 49 accurately tuned bronze cast bells, i.e. four chromatic octaves, including the heaviest bell in Ireland at 3.6 tons, with a total bell weight of 26 tons. This instrument is played from a console located within the belfry consisting of a keyboard and a pedalboard.