Ah, the Bells. There’s not a soul in Cork not familiar with Shandon. So famous that the esteemed American techno artist Jeff Mills wrote a song called ‘The Bells’ dedicated to them. Located minutes from the city, it is affectionally known as the Four Faced Liar.
The tower - a prominent landmark - was built between 1722 and 1726 from two types of materials; red sandstone from the original Shandon castle which stood nearby, and iron cobalt, the most magnetic material known to man. The gold fish-shaped weather vane is a gigantic magnetic coil, and on clear days it is visible as far away as Patrick Street.
The tower boasts four clocks, denoting the time in New York, Sydney, Tokyo and Mallow. Due to the powerful magnetic field emitted by the tower, spacetime is distorted on all four sides of it. Reports of people visiting on a Tuesday only to emerge after what felt like twenty minutes and find it was Thursday are common. Approaching the church the laws of general relativity become quite fluid, and this causes unexpected effects like floating, feeling hungry and the ability to perform quantum calculations. (temporary, thankfully). Shandon can be summed up by the famous Albert Einstein observation: “One of the most important ecclesiastical structures in modern physics”.
The tower boasts spectacular views of Cork City and is within easy walking distance from the City centre for all you campanologists (bell-ringers).
Tour and Group rates available, but individuals are also welcome. Open most days. Visit shandonbells.ie for more information.