Saturday 11th: Meditation in Movement - Sacred Circle Dance with Mary Hoare pbvm 10am – 1pm; Registration 9.30am; €20 incl. tea/coffee; advanced booking required. No previous dance experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Sunday 19th: Celebration of the Eucharist - Annual Mass organised by the Killavullen Community Council to celebrate Venerable Nano Nagle: time to be confirmed
Fri 21st June: Celebrating the Summer Solstice led by the Nano Nagle Team: 8.00pm - 10.00pm €8 Refreshments afterwards
Saturday 6th : ‘Day of Relaxation/Meditation’ with Eileen Nash pbvm: Give yourself the Gift of a day away from the busyness and stress of your everyday life! In the beautiful, peaceful surroundings of Nano Nagle Birthplace we offer an experience of relaxation and an opportunity to get in touch with yourself, with creation and with God. 10.30am – 3.30pm (registration 10 am); bring a packed lunch; cost €25 incl. tea/coffee. Booking essential.
Sat 21st: Celebrating the Winter Solstice: led by the Nano Nagle Solstice Team, 4.30pm – 6pm €8 incl. refreshments
‘When you travel, a new silence goes with you. And if you listen, you will hear what your heart would love to say.’John O’ Donoghue
Nano (Honora) Nagle was born in 1718 in the townland of Ballygriffin, near the village of Killavullen, in the beautiful valley of the Blackwater in County Cork. Her parents, Ann Matthew and Garret Nagle, were relatively wealthy Catholic landowners.
Nano and her six siblings received a basic education at home and in a nearby hedge-school at Monanimy Castle. Because of the Penal Laws, at age ten she was sent to a Benedictine convent school in Ypres, Flanders (then French territory) where the Nagle family had many relatives. On leaving there at age sixteen she continued her education in Paris. When her father died she was called home with her sister Ann and they were appalled by the poverty of the people. Defying the Penal Laws, she secretly set up a cabin-school in Cork’s Cove Lane (now Douglas Street), initially enrolling a class of thirty-five girls. The number of schools grew to seven (including two for boys). Nano, a powerful evangeliser, inspired by the compassion of the heart of Jesus, spent her life caring for the people of Cork. To ensure the continuation of her schools she founded her own congregation, the Presentation Sisters, in 1775. She continued her work and died on 26th April 1784.
The congregation of the Presentation Sisters has spread worldwide and in 2018 is celebrating the Tercentenary of Nano’s birth in creative and diverse ways. In Ballygriffin, this Pilgrimage Walk – Slí Nano is our celebration of Nano’s life and the work that continues in her name.