Pipe Organ Preservation Co. (of Ireland)

Preserving and rehousing redundant pipe organs from the island of Ireland

Knockbride Church of Ireland, Co. Cavan


Pedal Effect161-20, melodic
Open Diapason8
Stopped Diapason8
Gamba8Tenor C
Dulciana81-7 grooved to Stop. Diap.

Compass FF-a (53 Notes)

Hitch-down Swell Pedal at RHS
All enclosed except Open Diapason & Pedal Effect
Tubular-pneumatic action throughout (Roosevelt sliderless soundboard)
Light oak case with unfinished zinc front pipes arranged: | 3 | 13 | 3 |
Watkins & Watson Ltd London ‘Discus’ blower
271 speaking pipes (+3 dummy pipes in case)

Depth 4’4” (1320mm)
Width 6’6½” (1995mm)
Height 10’9½” (3295mm)

Builder : Evans & Barr Ltd Belfast 1956
Restored : Pipe Organ Preservation Co Belfast 2010

The organ to replaced an aged harmonium dating from the 1940s which itself had replaced a small pipe organ removed due to damp. While larger organs were considered, this 'Ideal' model by Evans & Barr was chosen due to its compact size and simplicity of use. The single keyboard has 6 stops, one of which is a pedal tone which only plays on the bottom note of the chord being played thus giving the effect that pedals are present.

This is one of Evans & Barr's later versions of this model which they called the "Ideal pipe organ". It has pneumatic action and was built for St Mary's RC Church Castleblaney. Latterly the rubber cloth covering on the soundboard motors was beginning to harden which was preventing pallets from returning fully and causing murmers requiring many pipes to be blocked off. All the internal pneumatics have been recovered in polypel cloth and the external lifter motors recovered in split skin leather.

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