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  • Northside East

Bell’s return rings in good news

Monday, 23rd October, 2017 7:00pm
Bell’s return rings in good news

Members of the Balbriggan and District Historical Society and Paul Reid, chief executive of Fingal County Council (third, left) pictured with the bell.

Bell’s return rings in good news

Members of the Balbriggan and District Historical Society and Paul Reid, chief executive of Fingal County Council (third, left) pictured with the bell.

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A BELL and clock mechanism that was built more than 100 years ago has been returned to its rightful place on the Northside. 

The Balbriggan bell and clock mechanism was built in 1906 by W.H. Bailey & Co, Salford. 

The bell was removed from its external position on the building during renovation work in 1980, and was put on display in the library when it reopened.  

When the next renovation took place in 2007 the bell was removed for safekeeping to storage in Swords. 

As a result of a campaign led by Balbriggan and District Historical Society and the Balbriggan Community Group, the bell and clock mechanism have being renovated and returned to Balbriggan Library where it will remain on permanent display. 

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mary McCamley visited the library to mark the bell’s return. Chief executive of Fingal County Council Paul Reid and local councillors Gráinne Maguire (Ind), Malachy Quinn (SF) and Tony Murphy (Ind), as well as members of the Balbriggan community, were among those in attendance on the day. 

Local historian and former librarian Jim Walsh delivered a presentation detailing the history of Balbriggan Library and its bell. 

Librarian Patricia Brady said: “It is appropriate that the return of the bell coincides with the 10th anniversary of the refurbishment of Balbriggan Library.

“I would encourage the Balbriggan community to call in and visit Balbriggan Library and see the renovated bell and clock mechanism on display.”

Alice Davis and Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mary McCamley. Cllr Grainne Maguire, Cllr Malachy Quinn and Cllr Tony Murphy pictured at the event.

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