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Shandon view

On a clear day you can almost see forever from the top of Anne’s Church in Shandon, Cork, known as ‘Shandon Bells’.  Meticulous Mick’s post shares a lovely image of this famous Cork landmark. This view over Cork city and its distant hills shows how the city was built in the valley of the River Lee. (The Gaelic name for Cork is Corcaigh, meaning bog).

To visit Cork without ringing Shandon’s bells….well, it would be like visiting Rome and forgetting to see the Trevi Fountain. If you would like to know more about this historic church, see here.

Shandon Bells

After climbing several flights of stone steps, you get a chance to ring the bells by pulling a series of numbered cords (not chords!) and listen as your chosen tunes ring out across the city.

Onwards and upwards, the climb to the top becomes increasingly precarious via wooden stairs, followed by a vertical wooden ladder, so it’s definitely for the able-bodied. The protective earphones provided to visitors are a must as you have to squeeze your way within inches of the gigantic bells, which could well be bonging out anything from Amazing Grace to Molly Malone at the time!

The climb, the ringing in the ears and the cooing pigeons that occupy Shandon’s musty bell tower are all infinitely worth the view from above.

Shandon interior

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