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Council u-turn on funds means iconic Shandon clock will be repaired

The clock had been out of action for a number of months.

1896856_10153990062505045_1023364135_n The Shandon Clock Aoife Barry / TheJournal.ie Aoife Barry / TheJournal.ie / TheJournal.ie

THE ICONIC SHANDON Clock in Cork city is to be repaired – despite the council initially saying it would not find the funding this year.

The news comes after months of calls for it to be fixed, and a fundraising account being set up by a local radio station.

Today, Lord Mayor of Cork Catherine Clancy confirmed that Cork City Council has secured funding to repair the clock.

The Neil Prendeville Show on RedFM had been attempting to raise up to €40,000 to fix the clock, as it said the City Architect’s office said this amount was needed for the repairs.

Appeal

Its RedFM Shandon Appeal was launched on Tuesday of this week, and had secured a number of donations. The radio station will be contacting all those who made donations.

The council had previously said it did not have the funding to repair the clock, which is located in the tower of St Anne’s Church in Shandon, until 2015.

The church was built in 1722 as a chapel, and the tower accommodates eight bells, which weigh six tonnes altogether. Visitors to the tower can ring the bells themselves.

At the top of the tower is a fish-shaped weather vane.

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