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St. Colman's Cathedral

80 Years
of Recitals


WCF 2002










Welcome to St.Colman's Carillon website.

St. Colman's Cathedral

The carillon is located in the magnificent St. Colman's Cathedral overlooking Cobh town and Cork Harbour. This beautiful setting is appropriate for an instrument that is considered one of the best examples of its genre. The 49-bell Carillon of St. Colman's Cathedral in Cobh is the only such instrument in this country and is the largest in Ireland and Britain. It also includes Ireland's largest bell, named St. Colman (3.6 tons). The carillon is played from a console within the belfry, consisting of a keyboard and a pedalboard. The action is completely mechanical and there is no artificial assist.


87th Summer Recital Season 2014

Free hour-long recitals will take place on Sundays at 4.30 p.m. from May to September and are usually given by Adrian Gebruers KSG, Cathedral Carillonneur.

As always, there will also be a number of guest recitals presented by leading international carillonneurs, as follows:-

  • Sunday June 29th: Treasa Edmonds (Ireland). UCC graduate, first recipient of the Staf Gebruers Memorial Award, currently pursuing further studies at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen (Belgium).
  • Sunday July 27th: Francois Roten (Switzerland). Carillonneur of the Abbey of St Maurice (Valais).
  • Sunday August 3rd: Ludo Geloen (Belgium). Carillonneur of the Carillon of the "In Flanders Fields" Museum of Ieper / Ypres.
  • Sunday August 24th: Monika Kazmierczak (Poland). City Carillonneur of Gdansk.
  • Sunday September 21st: Treasa Edmonds (Ireland).

    The recitals on Sundays August 24th and 31st will mark National Heritage Week.

    Full programme details available at the Cathedral at time of recitals. A closed-circuit system is in operation showing the carillonneur playing the instrument. This can be viewed inside the Cathedral at the base of the tower - turn right as you enter through the main door.

    Grant aided by the Arts Council, Cork County Council and the Cobh Town Council.

    Log on to:-

  • The Cobh Carillon website at:
  • The World Carillon Federation website at:

    Guided tours of the Cathedral take place on Sunday afternoons and at other times by arrangement. Please call 021-4813222 during office hours for details.


    Technical comments/enquiries to the webmaster. Copyright Cormac Gebruers, May 2014.