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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 May 2007, 12:52 GMT 13:52 UK
Real 'ding-dong' row compromise
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There has been bell-ringing in Hillsborough for over 200 years
A compromise has been reached in a real 'ding-donger' of a row which developed over the unlikely subject of bell-ringing in Hillsborough.

A number of residents had complained to Lisburn City Council about the bells at the village's Church of Ireland Saint Malachy's church being rung day and night.

But after discussions involving the church, residents and the council, the bells and clock chimes will now be silenced between 10pm and 7am.

However, the church's select vestry has said it wishes it to be "made clear that the church bells and clock chimes will be rung at all other times".

"It is hoped that parishioners will understand that this action has had to be taken in view of present day environmental health requirements regarding noise pollution," it said.

There has been bell-ringing at Saint Malachy's for more than 200 years and its bell ringers have racked up numerous competition wins.

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