ARMAGH : N IRELAND-R

*Location:

   North tower 
   St.Patrick's Cathedral (R.C.) 
   Cathedral Road at English Street 
   Armagh, co.Armagh, Northern Ireland 
   LL: N 54.35243, W 6.65909 
   OS Ref. H 876 454
Site locator map via StreetMapUK (only a regional view is available) or  or  [ MapQuest map ]
A town map clearly shows that the RC cathedral is north of the Church of Ireland (Anglican) Cathedral of the same name.
City locator maps and gazetteer page (County is wrong; other data are correct.)
Also see our own Map Use Hints.

*Player:

   Georges Minne, cathedral organist

*Contact:

   Fr. Raymond Murray,
     Cathedral Administrator 
   The Parochial House 
   Armagh 
   T: Armagh 522802 
   E: admin@aracoeli.com, 
      uyc@ukgateway.net

*Schedule:

   Cambridge quarters

*Remarks:

   Overhauled by Taylor in 2003, with new
   clavier to America 2000 specification
   for original range (but 2 more pedals).
   The oldest intact Taylor carillon 
   in the world.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 39 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  2 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C D 38/    A#G   
   There are two missing bass semitones
   There is no practice console
   The present keyboard was installed in 2003
     by Taylor      
   Prior history:
     In 1921, the complete instrument was installed
       with bells made by Taylor      
   Year of latest technical information source is 2003
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

*Links:

The Website of the Archdiocese has a photomontage of the twin-spired facade; unfortunately, the Main Menu page doesn't present a visible menu to some Web browsers; and even when it does, it might not work.  If you can get past that to the Virtual Tour, the history does not mention bells, but the 60-degree view of the front of the cathedral shows most of the towers.  The Send a Postcard page has a good exterior view of the building.

British Carillon Society page (no photo)

WCF Website article on renovation of this carillon, with photos

A page of photos of the Cathedral

A city page pictures the cathedral from a town street.

An architectural page offers a clickable photo.

In a larg photo of the front of the building, the "north" tower is probably on the right (and would more accurately be called "northeast").

An article about the cathedral, from MSN Encarta, has a side view of the building on its hilltop.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Taylor bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all British Isles traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all British Isles traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all British Isles traditional carillons by year of completion.

Index to all traditional carillons in this region.

Index to all tower bell instruments in UK-NI.

*Status:

   This page was built from the database on 30-Apr-06
   based on textual data last updated on 2006/04/30
   and on technical data last updated on 2006/04/12


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