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Ukrainian National Anthem Rings in New Year for Irish Town as Part of 98-Year Family Tradition

The Ukrainian national anthem rang through an Irish town in County Cork, Ireland, on January 1, as part of a 98-year family tradition in the area.

For the fifty-second year in a row, Adrian Gebruers played the carillon, a keyboard-like instrument that controls the bells at St Colman’s Cathedral, in the town of Cobh as the clock struck midnight.

This year, the traditional rendition of Auld Lang Syne was accompanied by Aidan’s version of the Ukrainian national anthem.

Gebruers followed in the footsteps of his father Staf, who began playing the same carillon in 1924.

Des Cunningham, the son-in-law of Gebruers, captured the carillonneur playing what is formally known as the State Anthem of Ukraine and said it was “played in solidarity with our European family”.

The carillon in St Colman’s is the “largest in Ireland and Britain” and the only instrument of its kind in Ireland, according to CarillonCobh.com. Credit: Des Cunningham via Storyful

Video transcript

[ORGAN PLAYING]