TITLE - Guided Tour of Nano Nagle Place, DouglasStreet, Cork T12 X70A

Leader -

Fri, 07/06/2024 from 13:30 - 14:30 in

Our Superb Events Committee have organised another wee jaunt for us into the next county, no less, to have a guided tour of the award-winning museum at Nano Nagle Place on the 7th June next. We will also have access to the 3.5 acre site, walled gardens and Nano Nagle’s tomb. Nano Nagle Place is an unexpected oasis in the centre of bustling Cork City, a place that celebrates Nano Nagle’s vision of empowerment through education, community inclusion and spiritual engagement for a contemporary world. The complex houses an award-winning museum, regenerated heritage buildings, walled gardens, a design shop and Cork focused book shop and the wonderful Good Day Deli. The beautifully restored convent buildings are home to several community education projects. If Nano Nagle were alive today she would be the kind of person to win a Nobel Prize. Before her death in 1784, Nano had opened 7 schools for poor children across Cork city, founded an almshouse for poor women, and most notably, founded the Presentation Order, who continue her education and social inclusion work today. Born to a wealthy Catholic family in 1718, Honora Nagle was given the pet name Nano by her father. The Nagle family home at Ballygriffin, near Mallow, was on the banks of the river Blackwater. Since under the Penal Laws, operating a Catholic School could result in three months imprisonment, Nano had to work in secret. She began by opening a school for young girls next to our site at Nano Nagle Place in the early c. 1750s. This girls’ school focussed on reading, writing, Catechism (Catholic religious instruction) and needlework. Within ten years demand for the education which Nano provided was such that she was operating seven schools across the city of Cork, teaching both boys and girls. When Nano’s family moved to Bath, Nano took a small cottage on Cove Street. By day she visited each of her schools, and by night she visited the poor of the Cork city. This was dark and treacherous work. The city streets were neither lit nor properly policed. Nano travelled by the light of the lantern she carried, and across the city of Cork she became known as ‘Miss. Nagle, ‘the Lady of the Lantern’. Nano’s long days and constant walking across the city took a toll on her health. She died at the age of 66 in 1784. During her life full of such remarkable achievement, she had wondered if there could be any greater joy in heaven than she had gained from teaching the children of Cork. Her order, the Presentation Sisters, have continued her mission across the world and into the present day. The guided tour takes about 1 hour and includes a tour of the museum along with access to the oldest building: the 1771 convent. In there you will see Nano Nagle’s Parlour and the Artifacts Room. Refreshments have been booked at The Leonardo Hotel. Advance booking will be absolutely essential……. but bookings will not be open until our Secretary, Joan, invites us by email to book.

TITLE - The Mayors of Limerick 1197-2024

Leader - Dr Matthew Potter, Curator of Limerick Museum

Wed, 12/06/2024 from 14:30 - 16:00 in UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road

At 827 years of age, the Mayoralty of Limerick is one of the oldest institutions in Ireland. Around 600 individuals have held this office, coming from professions as varied as generals, peers, newspaper proprietors, merchants, writers, lawyers and schoolteachers. Politically, they span the spectrum from arch-reactionaries to radical revolutionaries, with assorted Cromwellians, Whigs, Tories, Home Rulers, Progressives and Socialists in between. Dr Matthew Potter has been Curator of Limerick Museum since 2017. He holds a BA from the University of London, an MA in Museum Practice and Management from the University of Ulster and a PhD in history from the University of Galway. He has published several books and articles on the history and heritage of Limerick, including the local government system, cemeteries, Limerick lace, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Print Date: 26 May 2024