January - February 2021:

Nano Nagle Birthplace is offering two new six-week programs.

  • Pondering on Life

    based on Jan Richardson’s writings on Sanctuary, invites us to imagine what Sanctuary might mean for us.  Generally, it implies a time to rest, to ponder and to dream as we contemplate where we are in the unfolding path of our lives during this pandemic, and how it calls us deeper into the life of the world during 2021.

You are invited to meet virtually with like-minded people for 1 – 1 ½ hours beginning at 7:30 on Thursday evenings beginning on January 21st.  Sister Lois Greene from Nano Nagle Birthplace in Ballygriffin is suggesting we try it for six weeks and see where it leads us.  It is an opportunity to meet the new Director of Nano Nagle Birthplace and it will give her opportunity to meet you. Mostly it will provide a space to reflect and respond to our call to life in our present circumstances.  To register please contact secretary@nanonaglebirthplace.ie and you will be sent the link for the Zoom connection.

  • Mary of Nazareth

    will be offered at 2:30 for 40 minutes on Tuesday afternoons beginning on January 26th.

This session will look at the life of Mary of Nazareth from several different perspectives. To register please contact secretary@nanonaglebirthplace.ie and you will be sent the link for the Zoom connection.

Lois is a Presentation Sister from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. She has recently become the Director of Nano Nagle Birthplace in Ballygriffin.  She brings leadership experience in administration as a member of the Leadership Team of the Presentation Sisters in NL and as co-chair of the Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Committee of Presentation Sisters and Associates in NL.  Her education includes post-graduate degrees in Music Education and in Pastoral Studies.  She has been active in University Campus Ministry and in ministry on retreat and conference teams in Canada, Pakistan, USA and Ireland on various occasions.


We wish you all a Happy New Year. In line with Government restrictions our centre will remain closed until further notice. 

We are currently offering two on line programs. See above.  


 Biological Diversity - 2020

"Our solutions are in nature"



  • STOP the use of pesticides and fertilizers in your gardens.
  • Invest and grow wildlife friendly gardens/patios or balconies
  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle, with an emphasis on REDUCE (buy less non-essential stuff). Compost what you can.
  • Use environmentally friendly personal and household cleaning products, for example, distilled vinegar.
  • Buy local and grow some of your own veg
  • Conserve energy and water in your home.

International Day of Biodiversity

‘If variety is the spice of life, then biological diversity makes Earth’s ecosystems spicy indeed. Biodiversity is a complex yet growing topic of interest not only to scientists, but also to policymakers across the globe. First coined by Walter G. Rosen in 1985, biological diversity—or biodiversity, as it is more commonly called—is defined as the “variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms.”

In 1988, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) assembled the Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts on Biological Diversity to explore the need to form a Convention on biodiversity. After years of working to adopt a set of guidelines, the United Nations (UN) declared the Convention as “formally entered into force” on December 29, 1993. Today, this group is known as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

In 2000, the UN General Assembly officially proclaimed May 22 to be the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB). The date was chosen to celebrate the adoption of the initial text of the CBD, on May 22, 1992. Thanks to its efforts, the Convention has participants from nearly all countries.’ (National Geographic official website, viewed on 12 May 2020) FOR FULL ARTICLE (19th April 2019) CLICK ON LINK BELOW



  • Below is a link to the schedule of all live services on ChurchServices.tv for the week beginning on Monday 29th March 2020. Use the options below to help narrow your search. Click on an entry to begin viewing the service. All times are in your local Timezone. 

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Fr Louis Hughes OP
  • Fr Louis Hughes OP is a Dominican priest and a teacher who gives workshops on meditation. He has kindly shared a link with us. He says that due to the fact that many of us are adjusting to having our movements restricted, it is important - in addition to prayer – ‘to have the ability to be still’ and ‘to experience God's presence and love throughout it all.’ 

See below a link to his short guided meditations


Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; …… Light tomorrow with today.
Who so loves believes the impossible.
I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless.
Measure not the work until the day’s out and the labor done.
What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes.
If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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.

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