Nano Nagle Place – Update from Shane Clarke CEO

Hello Everyone,

It’s a beautiful sunny spring afternoon here are Nano Nagle Place. Whereas our stunning home would normally be abuzz with activity, all is serene given the world of Covid-19. Beautifully calm as the gardens may be – with the joyous sound of birdsong – I am very happy to report that the team here is busy, productive and planning for the future.

We closed to the public on March 12th further to Government advice and will remain so until guided by official policy. I am very happy to report that the Board immediately decreed that all staff are technically working from home on full pay and we have not let any staff go. Our IT and conference call facilities are such that colleagues are productive, networked and engaged.

The management team talk on a daily basis. The Board of Directors meet via conference call on a weekly basis. We remain in close contact with our terrific tenants and neighbors at Good Day Deli, UCC/CIT School of Architecture, the Presentation Sisters and the UCC Physio programme. We’re popping next door to the convent to see where we can lend a hand.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on social media, you’ll see that the Ministry department is becoming something of a TV station, such is the uplifting presence of The Lantern Community Project and Cork Migrants Centre on Facebook and Twitter. This is supplemented by direct phone calls with approaching 200 of our vulnerable participants and clients.

Last week the Sanctuary Mask Initiative (SMI) launched. SMI is an initiative by women living in direct provision centres to help themselves and other vulnerable people living in the community, in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. This is the spirit of Nano in action! To find out more about this initiative and how you can help, follow this link! 

On the cultural and education side we are working through our Museums Standards application, researching our summer exhibition and finalizing our learning and outreach programmes. Our social media presence is focusing on fun activities to keep kids busy during this time, as well as the history of South Pres, 18th Century Cork and the inspiring life story of Nano Nagle. See our other blog posts to see what we’ve posted so far!

Behind the scenes our organic gardener Ellie is seeding the wildflower meadow and helping nature realise its nurturing beauty in our garden spaces. The whole place is getting a lick of paint and a thorough spring clean!

We look forward to welcoming our team, the Presentation Sisters, our fabulous South Parish neighbours, Corkonians and the wider world back to Nano Nagle Place for a fabulous summer 2020.

Take care of yourself and your families. Social distancing and hand washing!

Kind regards, Shane Clarke, CEO

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