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Columbanus Festival 2023: Bell Ringing

St Comgall's Church of Ireland, 2a Hamilton Road, Bangor, County Down, BT20 4LE
The Bangor Bell on display in North Down Museum in Bangor City


Part of the Columbanus Festival 24 - 26 November 2023, find out more about the festival here.

A festival of walks, talks, storytelling, poetry, music and song to commemorate the life and legacy of Columbanus.

The theme of bells is chiming through this year's Columbanus Festival.  Monastic bells played an important role in early medieval times to call the monks to prayer or warn of impending danger.  Located in various venues in Bangor, the programme includes Bell Ringing, Bangor Bell Print Workshops, Monastic Bell Lecture, Bangor Bell Walk, Columbanus Cultural Evening and a Columbanus Church Service.


Colin Holliday, Tower Captain of the St Comgall's Church of Ireland Bell Ringers, will give a short introductory talk about bell ringing which will be followed by the church bell ringers practice session.

The bell ringing talk will be held inside the church. Once the talk is over, guests will move outside to hear the bells ring to herald the start of the Columbanus Festival. Please wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors.

Car parking is available in the ASDA Car Park (enter at Castle Street or Main Street) or Bingham Road public car park (off Hamilton Road).

Doors open at 7pm

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