In the latter half of the 1990’s Christ Church Taney was selected as the location for the old peal of change-ringing bells from St George's Church in Dublin City.
A sum of approximately £64,000 was required for structural work inside the Taney church tower, construction of a hanging chamber and ringing room, and installation of a sound-proofing system to ensure silent practice. Subsequently a fund raising scheme was launched by the Bells Committee at the Parish Centre in May 1999. Entitled 'A Millennium Opportunity', the scheme targeted the corporate sector and local businesses urging them to become involved in a unique Millennium restoration project by contributing either towards the overall cost or in sponsoring individual bells. The aim was to have the bells installed in Taney Church Tower in time to ring in the third Millennium of faith as a symbol of thanksgiving for our Christian Heritage and dedication to another era of faith.
There was a magnificent public response to the launch. A flood of letters and subscriptions were received from people at home and abroad who heard about the project. The Select Vestry gave the go- ahead to the Bells Committee to proceed and in September 1999 the Taney Change-Ringers Association was founded under the guidance of Cyril Galbraith, the first ringing master, with the support of ringers from St George's, St Patrick's Cathedral, St Audoen's and John's Lane.
TANEY BELL RINGERS TODAY
Currently we have 25 registered ringers with another 3 associated members.
Monday evening practice is always well attended but in saying this there is always room for visitors who are always welcome in the tower.
Wednesday is generally for improvers and beginners under the watchful eye of Michael Ryan who for a number of years now has been running a recruitment campaign aimed at people of all ages with an interest in trying out the bells. This is the reason for the very healthy active membership in the tower. Experienced ringers are always needed and welcome on a Wednesday to help move the improvers / beginners forward.