My husband, sculptor James Hayes, has been recreating bronze bells using ancient techniques on the annual Umha Aois: Experimental Bronze Casting Symposium. So we took a closer look at the hand bells in the museum while we were there.
The double loop handles are intriguing.
The didactic says this bell is associated with St. Patrick, purely on the grounds of the inscription.
This is one of my husband's bronze bells; he cast it in Skibbereen this summer, where Umha Aois was held this year.