SAT. 20th OCTOBER:   Presentations  on   THE WORLD OF NANO NAGLE                                                                                10am  4pm

"The World of Nano Nagle: The Catholic Interest in Late-Eighteenth Century Ireland". 
This lecture will examine the Ireland in which Nano Nagle grew up and developed her mission.  Nano Nagle's Ireland was an Ireland of great change during which most of the Penal laws were successively enforced, ignored and eventually abolished. 

CHARLES LYSAGHT                             Dublin based biographer and Mathew descendant will speak on
"Nano Nagle's Mathew Mother's Family"

DECLAN DOWNEY  UCD                                                                                                                                                                      ‘Nano Nagle’s Jacobite Heritage and her family’s continental networks’                                                        This presentation will explore and examine the Nagle family’s prominence in the Irish Jacobite cause, and their connections with Irish emigres in the continental courts. It was within this context that Nano Nagle was formed, and through these connections that she engaged with continental Europe.

65 incl. tea/coffee and light lunch 
Booking required 
Nano Nagle Birthplace
Ballygriffin, Killavullen, Mallow, 
Co. Cork 
022 26411

Sat 6th  Oct: 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. 

Advanced booking required
Tel: + 353 22 26411

‘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.

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