Shandon, Cork

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City district
Houses in the Shandon area
Houses in the Shandon area
Shandon is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°54′11″N 8°28′41″W / 51.9031°N 8.4781°W / 51.9031; -8.4781Coordinates: 51°54′11″N 8°28′41″W / 51.9031°N 8.4781°W / 51.9031; -8.4781
Country Ireland
Province Munster
City Cork
Time zone UTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
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 Street is a principal street in the area, and was originally called Mallow Lane.[2][3]


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]

The eponymous Shandon Street, originally known as Mallow Lane,[2][3] was established by the Anglo-Normans as a way to give access to North Gate drawbridge.[citation needed]


Shandon Street Festival is an annual event which takes place during the summer.[4][5]


As of the 2016 census, the Shandon area (including Shandon A and Shandon B electoral divisions) included 3144 residents. Of these, in terms of religion, 50% were Catholic, 16% were other religions, 26% had no religion, and 8% had not stated a religion.[6][7]


Religious buildings in the area include the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne (a Catholic cathedral known locally as the "North Cathedral"),[8] 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).[9]

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.[10]

People associated with Shandon[edit]

Church and steeple of St. Anne's Shandon


  1. ^ "Shandon Bells & Tower - St Anne's Church - History". 22 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Shandon Street – Cork Past & Present". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Cork Heritage – Northside Narratives: Shandon Street Heritage Trail". Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Shandon Street Festival". Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  5. ^ " - Shandon". Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  6. ^ Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Electoral Division Shandon B
  7. ^ Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Electoral Division Shandon A
  8. ^ "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
  9. ^ "Dominicans, Popes Quay, Cork - St. Mary's Church". 22 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Historic buildings in the Shandon area". Cork Past & Present. Cork City Library. Retrieved 24 June 2017.