It is a passion that has lasted a lifetime - 95-year-old Cyril Galbraith has been ringing church bells for eight decades.

He spends Sunday mornings at Christ Church on Taney Road in Dundrum in Dublin.

Cyril says the physical and mental aspects of bell-ringing are good for his health.

It all began in 1938, when Cyril joined a bell-ringing club in St Mary's Cathedral in Limerick.

The labour of love blossomed into romance when Cyril met his future wife there.

He says his was one of several marriages which began in the club.

Bell-ringing later brought Cyril to St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, but he eventually moved to the church in Dundrum because he says the stairs of the cathedral were becoming too much for him.

Cyril says his hobby is a bit 'like the Lotto' and has lots of bells and whistles. There are a total of eight bells in the church tower at Dundrum, and he says thousands of combinations of sounds can be created with them.

In the 1990s, Cyril was a member of a committee which sourced and installed the bells in the church, in time to ring in the millennium 19 years ago.

Tonight, he is receiving a special award at the Mansion House in Dublin in recognition of his decades of service.

He says he is very honoured that Christ Church, Dundum, is setting up an annual bell-ringing competition in his name.