The  Church of St. Anne  is a Church of Ireland church located in the district of Shandon Cork in Ireland. It sits on top of a hill overlooking the River Lee and the church tower is a famous landmark and symbol of the city.The church bells popularized the song in the 19th century and remains a visitor attraction.


Shandon name comes from the Irish,  Sean Dun  , which means “old fortress”.Shandon was one of 28 settlements in and around the old Cork. A medieval church dedicated to St Mary were on this website and mentioned in the decretals of Innocent III in 1199 as “St. Mary on the hill.” This church stood until Williamite war when it was destroyed during the siege of Cork (1690). In 1693 this was replaced by a church, also dedicated to St. Mary, and at the bottom in Mallow Lane, modern Shandon Street. Because of population growth, it was decided to build new on this old place and so in 1722 the present church of St. Anne Shandon was constructed.

It is built with two types of rock, red sandstone from the original Shandon castle standing nearby, and limestone taken from the abandoned Franciscan Abbey which stood on the North Mall. If the strategy for Shandon, it is possible to see both red and white colored stone, and so is the affection that Shandon argue that citizens designated both colors to represent the city.  [Citation needed ]  

The Church of St. Anne reached full parish status in 1772 when Rev. Arthur Hyde (great grandfather of Dr. Douglas Hyde) was appointed its first principal.



The church is known for its eight bells (called via a Ellacombe)  [1]  because of the song “The Bells of Shandon” by Francis Sylvester Mahony.  [2]  The largest weighs about 1.5 tons and was originally cast by Abel Rudhäll Gloucester . To reduce vibration, they were placed in a fixed position. They called the first 7 December 1752. They have been revised twice, in 1865 and 1906.  [1]  . Today, visitors can climb to the first floor and ring the bells themselves  [3]

The original inscription retained on each watch:

  • When you call us, we sing sweetly
  • God preserve the Church and the King
  • Health and prosperity for all our benefactors
  • Peace and good neighborhood
  • Prosperity to the city and trade thereof
  • We were all cast in Gloucester in England by Abel Rudhäll 1750
  • Because generosity has opened our mouths, our tongues sing his praise
  • In the church’s live calls and to the grave does not call all


The walls of the building is 2 meters (7 feet) thick and the height of the tower is 36.5 meters (120 feet). This will be extended an additional 15 m (50 ft) for “pepper pot” ornament on the tower. The McOsterich family was involved in the design and construction of this tower and to this day a special privilege gave them. When a family member get married, anywhere in the world, bells ringing in their ära.Ovanpå this Pepper pot is a weather vane in the shape of a salmon, which represents the fishing of the River Lee. It is an apt symbol for the top of a church,  [ citation needed ]  as in the earliest Christian days the fish was used as a symbol for the name of the Lord.  


The clock of the tower is known to Corkonians as “The Four Faced Liar” because, depending on the angle of the viewer, and the effects of the wind on his hands on a given surface, the time does not appear to correspond perfectly on every surface.  [4 ]  due to maintenance issues, the clock stopped in 2013, but plans to finance the repair agreed May 2014  [5]  , and the clock is started in September 2014.  [4]


The baptismal font, dated 1629, is a relic of the church was destroyed in the siege of Cork in 1690 and bears the inscription,  “Walter Elinton and William Ring made this pant  (the Anglo-Saxon word for font)  when their fees”  .Within a tin bowl dated 1773rd


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b church of St. Anne – Home
  2. Jump up ^  “1726 – St. Anne’s, Shandon, Cork – Architecture of Cork City “. 2009-11-06. Pulled 04/22/2013.
  3. Jump up ^  “Tours of the Bells of Shandon in Cork City, the Church of St. Anne’s in Cork City Guide Cork City”. 03.24.2012.Pulled 04/22/2013.
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b Eoin English (3 September 2014). “Shandon clock ticking again after expert spends time with” liar “”. Irish Examiner. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  5. Jump up ^  “Cork City Council to establish Shandon Clock”. Irish Examiner. May 22, 2014.