Bell Ringing Ceremonies
Addergoole is the only location across Europe, where the sinking of the Titanic is acknowledged by the ringing of a lonely church bell in the dead of night. It's the big bell that's now silent for the rest of the year. We have done it each year since the memorial to the Addergoole Fourteen was erected in the church back in 2002.
As the bell tolls for that lonely hour in the dark of the early morning across the deserted village street of Lahardane, over the barren windswept slopes of Nephin and across the empty dark waters of Lough Conn, the custom is a solitary significant reminder of the passing of time and the ending of lives. The dead of the Titanic may have disappeared into the dark waters of the North Atlantic, but they are still recalled by the tolling of a bell in the silence and emptiness across mountains and plains of North Mayo.