THE carillon of bells at St Bartholomew's, Dublin, is ringing
out again, after the city council lifted a ban imposed after a
complaint from a new resident in the affluent area silenced them
The bells, which are linked to the church clock, and chime every
quarter of an hour, 24 hours a day, had been ringing since 1881.
After the complaint, the council wrote to the parish's Select
Vestry, warning that fines of up to €3000 could be imposed if the
chimes were not stopped between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Despite fitting a special device to silence the bells between
the required hours, this failed on two occasions, and expert advice
on the protected structure from a horologist warned that the
mechanism could suffer permanent damage if restrained. This led to
the stopping of the clock, and the silencing of the bells.
The Vicar of St Bartholomew's, the Revd Andrew Croskery, said
that he had received a "very short" email from the council stating
that the clock and carillon could be reactivated. "The council said
they were no longer pursuing action against us in relation to the
clock, and we could turn it back on," he said.