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St. Colman's Cathedral

80 Years
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THE IRISH DIASPORA 2015 - The Bells of St Colman’s Calling Me Home.

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.


88th Summer Recital Season 2015 - Remembering the Irish Diaspora - A Hundred Years A-Ringing

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 7th: 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 August 9th: Rien Donkersloot (The Netherlands). City Carillonneur of Haarlem and Goes and Municipal Carillonneur of Ridderkerk.
  • Sunday August 23rd: Joey Brink (U.S.A.). Winner of the prestigious Queen Fabiola International Carillon Competition which took place last summer in Mechelen (Belgium).
  • Sunday August 30th: Philippe Beullens (Belgium). Associate City and University Carillonneur of Leuven.
  • Sunday September 20th: Treasa Edmonds (Ireland).

    The recitals on Sundays August 23rd and 30th 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 Local Diaspora Engagement Fund and Cork County 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, July 2015.