The Columbanus Lecture


November 25 @ 11:00 am 1:00 pm

Cormac Bourke, a renowned expert on monastic bells, will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Early Irish Hand-Bells Revisited.’  He will summarise what we know about the dozens of hand-bells of iron and bronze that survive from early medieval (ie pre-Norman) Ireland.

Hand-bells were used from the 5th century in monastic communities and churches and are the oldest continuously transmitted objects that we possess. The products of great technical skill, their distribution is uneven and all the more interesting for that reason. Continuities with Scotland (and to a lesser extent Wales) are striking. This lecture will touch on these topics, as well as on bell making in early Bangor and on modern reinterpretations of ancients bells.

Statue of an Abbot, White Island, Lower Lough Erne (image @ Historic Environment Division DfC)

Cormac Bourke is from Dublin and lives in Belfast. He is Honorary Editor of the Ulster Journal of Archaeology and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.  He specialises in the study of early medieval metalwork and has published widely on the subject. His catalogue of early medieval hand-bells from Ireland and Britain was published by the National Museum of Ireland in 2020.

Cormac Bourke talks about his book “Early Medieval Handbells of Ireland and Britain”

Parking is available at Bangor Abbey Parish Centre which is accessed from Abbey Street.

A light lunch will be served after the lecture.

£5

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