Ringing of Shandon Bells suspended during Covid-19 outbreak

Ringing of Shandon Bells suspended during Covid-19 outbreak

Shandon Bells and Tower have temporarily suspended the ringing of the bells in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Picture Dan Linehan

Shandon Bells and Tower have temporarily suspended the ringing of the bells in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

In a statement issued on social media, staff have said that the decision was taken to help minimise the possibility of contracting or spreading Covid-19.

"Following the current recommended guidelines regarding the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we are temporarily suspending the ringing of the bells to visitors. 

"Due to the tactile nature of the method of ringing the bells, we believe it is too difficult to provide adequate safety precautions for everyone. 

"Therefore, for the safety of visitors and staff, we are suspending the ringing temporarily," they said.

Staff have stated that the viewing balcony remains open to visitors and promised that 'the bells will be back'.
Staff have stated that the viewing balcony remains open to visitors and promised that 'the bells will be back'.

Shandon’s famous clock was erected by the Cork Corporation in 1847, and given the name ‘the four faced liar’ by locals who noticed that the four clocks were not always in agreement of the exact time. 

Every year, thousands of people visit the spot to ring the 18th Century bells. 

The top of Shandon Tower boasts a 360 degree view of Cork city and beyond. 

Staff have stated that the viewing balcony remains open to visitors. 

They thanked the public for their co-operation saying:

"We thank you for your understanding in these challenging times. 

"We ask that you look after yourself and others and follow any recommended advice. And the bells will be back, we promise."

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