Tuesday, 31 August 2010

SOUTH PRESENTATION CONVENT & HERITAGE ROOM

SOUTH PRESENTATION CONVENT & HERITAGE ROOM

Some of the first batch of visitors to the South Presentation Convent on Cork Heritage Day were expecting to see their old school but that was closed up about 12 years back, bringing to an end the great educational activity which started from this site 250 years ago and which spread to many countries around the world.

Still,  it was an enjoyable walk around, all the more so because of the incredible vivacity of guide Sr Rosario (in her 80s) who has spent “her whole life” in the convent. She took the sixty strong group around the beautiful gardens, where the foundress Nano Nagle is buried (original coffin visible) and filled them in on the background.

The main focus of attention was the story of Nano Nagle, who founded the order in 1776.  The Heritage Room, overlooking the garden and located in a building built in 1780 , has Nano's and Presentation artefacts on display.

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