St. Anne’s Church & Shandon Bells Tower

Church St, Shandon, Cork, Ireland

“‘Tis the bells of Shandon, that sound so grand on the pleasant waters of the River Lee....” So goes a line of the song “The Bells of Shandon,” penned by local writer Francis Mahony, who was also known as Father Prout. It’s a rite of passage for any first-time visitor to Cork to stop at the 18th-century St. Anne’s, with its distinctive pepperbox steeple topped by a glistening gold salmon ornament on the weather vane. Ascend the steps of the tower and take your turn to chime the bells.

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