Shandon, Cork

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The clock tower of St Anne's church containing the Bells of Shandon

Shandon (Irish: An Seandún meaning "the old fort") is a district in Cork city noted for The Bells of Shandon, a song celebrating the bells of the Church of St Anne written by Francis Sylvester Mahony under the pen name of "Father Prout".[1]

Shandon was one of 28 settlements in and around ancient Cork,[citation needed] and a medieval church dedicated to St. Mary was built on the site. Although not part of the original Hiberno-Norse settlement of Cork, Shandon is one of the more historic districts of the city, avoiding the fires and floods experienced by the newer developments and older parts of the city.[citation needed]


Shandon Street Festival is an annual event which takes place during the summer.[2]


Religious buildings in the area include the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne (a Catholic cathedral known locally as the "North Cathedral"),[3] the Church of St Anne (a Church of Ireland church known as "St Anne's, Shandon"), and Saint Mary's Church (a Catholic church on Popes Quay).[4]

Other landmarks in the area include the Firkin Crane (a theatre and dance venue), Cork Butter Museum, the Shandon Craft Centre, and Skiddy's Almshouse.[5]

People associated with Shandon[edit]

Bordering suburbs[edit]


  1. ^ "Shandon Bells & Tower - St Anne's Church - History". 22 June 2017. 
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  3. ^ "Cathedral of St. Mary & St. Anne - Cathedral Parish, Cork, Ireland". Retrieved 22 June 2017. The Catholic Cathedral of St. Mary & St. Anne, known locally as the North Cathedral 
  4. ^ "Dominicans, Popes Quay, Cork - St. Mary’s Church". 22 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Historic buildings in the Shandon area". Cork Past & Present. Cork City Library. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 

Coordinates: 51°54′11″N 8°28′31″W / 51.903136°N 8.475282°W / 51.903136; -8.475282