The sound of bells

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rp_stmaryscathed.jpgby Aoife McLoughlin

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THE sound of peals will be heard across Limerick city this weekend as Limerick Bellringers tune up for their contribution to City of Culture festivities.

Skilled bellringers from England have been invited to join their Limerick counterparts over the weekend because of their almost perfect ability of rhythmically striking the bells, which they can sustain for long periods of time.

An original composition ‘City of Culture Delight Major’ will be rung from St. Mary’s Cathedral’s eight bells this Friday from 3.15pm.  This piece has been composed by one of the visiting bellringers and is the first in this type of bellringing method.

On Saturday, the melodious sound of the more common ‘Yorkshire Surprise Royal’ which  is widely recognised for it’s run of bells up or down the scale, can be heard from Mount St. Alphonsus church of the Redemptorists on South Circular Road. This can be heard from 1.30pm.

The Limerick Bellringers have attracted the All Ireland Striking competition and the Irish Association of Bellringers meeting to Limerick already this year. They have also rang quarter peals throughout the year to celebrate the City of Culture as well as ringing in the New Year.