Ding, dong , dell what a pretty little bell?

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I wonder what is the significance of the "Bell of Fenagh"? A pretty little soundpiece with what looks like a handmade frame. The Tourism Association obviously thought it significant enough to go to the trouble of photographing it. Possibly from an ancient monastery or convent?

Photographer: Irish Tourism Association Photographer

Collection: Irish Tourism Association Photographic Collection

Date: 1944

NLI Ref: NPA ITA 1345 (Box VII)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Sep/2022 08:14:11

    A half-assed Google search says: The Bell of Fenagh was probably made between 1050 and 1150. The Bell passed down through the centuries by the O’Rodachain’s Coarbs of St. Caillin and then on to the parish priests of Fenagh.It is presently in St Mell’s cathedral Longford.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Sep/2022 08:19:50

    St. Mel's was destroyed by a big fire in 2009 - I don't know if the bell is still there.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Sep/2022 08:28:22

    At the time of the photo, I think the bell was at Foxfield parish church: Streetview.

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    • 19/Sep/2022 08:31:35

    "How it lost its tongue" ... www.duchas.ie/en/cbes/4649698/4648296/4659014?ChapterID=4... ... St Caillin collected his annual dues for the upkeep of the Monastery, in this bell. The full of it was sufficient for the year. His greedy servant to make it hold more had the tongue pulled out of the bell, but it held no more. St Caillin cursed him and said one of his name would never prosper in the parish of Fenagh. ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 19/Sep/2022 08:52:35

    I am sad to write that the Bell of Fenagh has not been recovered, the NMI’s team could only find the iron attachment on which it was suspended…(photos to follow) from www.fenagh.com/2012/11/update-on-shrine-of-st-caillin-bel...

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    • 19/Sep/2022 09:02:25

    Holger C. Lönze has made a replica. Interesting 'how to' photos - www.holgerlonze.info/st-caillins-bell/jzcw99ykg6jrwf8bqn2...

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    John Spooner

    • 19/Sep/2022 09:54:48

    The Sligo Champion of Saturday 20 August 1932, in an article about the O'Rourkes of Breffne, (including His Excellency, Count Edward O'Rourke, then Bishop of Danzig), reported that:

    There is a prophecy that St. Caillin's Bell will remain in Fenagh "until the day of judgment"
    Conveniently no mention who made the prophecy.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Sep/2022 14:22:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Mr. Lonze's version is beautifully made and looks so like the real thing but I suspect that it does not have the same ding to it's dong like the real thing?

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    • 19/Sep/2022 22:02:17

    For Whom the Bell Tolls No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thine own Or of thine friend's were. Each man's death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee John Donne

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    • 19/Sep/2022 22:15:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland The ding of the dong is dung. Dang!