22 September 2017

Nano Nagle Place hosted a range of range of activities yesterday evening as the unexpected oasis in the city centre celebrated Culture Night by welcoming families of all ages to an evening of entertainment and fun.


The line up on the evening included some old fashioned arts and crafts activities for kids, an evening of Contemporary Cork Poets presented by The Munster Literature Centre, as well as entertainment for famous duo Simon MacHale and Annette Buckley (The Electronic Folk) who performed in the Goldie Chapel, built in 1865.


The evening finished with a multi-media drama entitled Fear an Rothair, based on writings of the Bicycle Men who went around Ireland teaching Irish over 100 years ago.


Speaking at the celebrations Programme Manager at Nano Nagle Place Dr Danielle O’Donovan said “Nano Nagle Place is such an amazing venue and centres around a wonderful story of a woman who helped so many people. The heritage centre celebrates history and culture and so hosting some Culture Night celebrations was something we were really looking forward to doing as it seemed like the perfect fit. We have had a superb turnout and it’s great to see so many people exploring this amazing place and enjoying themselves and having fun. I fantastic day had by all”.


Nano Nagle Place, is so named as it is the iconic birthplace of the Presentation Congregation, founded by Ireland’s first global social entrepreneur Nano Nagle, celebrating her vision of empowerment through education, community inclusion and spiritual engagement for a contemporary world.


The complex now houses an impressive heritage centre, 3.5 acres of tranquil gardens, Nano Nagle’s tomb, a garden café (opening later this year), a gift shop, community facilities, a small resident community of sisters, and the beautifully regenerated convent buildings which are home to countless historical archives dating back to 1779 and several educational charities.


The Irish language event in Nano Nagle Place on Culture Night, presented by Seoid Productions/Ocean of Notions Theatre Company, were sponsored by Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Gael Taca, Ionad na Gaeilge Labhartha, UCC, Nano Nagle Place and Grúpa Forbartha Gaeilge, Comhairle Cathrach Chorcaí.


For further information on the project visit www.nanonagleplace.ie.