Several years ago the buildings of the South Presentation Convent were in a perilous position. As the area around the convent changed, the need for the school complex the site housed declined and the school closed its doors in 2006. Most of the buildings, some over 200 years old, sat empty with just a few resident sisters to maintain them.
The Presentation Sisters had to plan for the future. With so many listed buildings housed upon it, the site was of little development value. What was to be done?
The Presentation Sisters decided to act, just as their foundress, Nano Nagle, had done nearly two hundred and fifty years before. They set up a company, appointed a voluntary board, and put in place plans to redevelop ‘South Pres’ as a special place for the people of Cork City.
The heritage buildings have been lovingly regenerated, they now house educational charities and rooms are also available to let by community groups, charities and local businesses. The chapel has been turned into a museum that engagingly tells the story of Nano Nagle and the city in which she worked to educate and care for the poor. It allows the visitor to explore the incredible spread of the Presentation Order, the changing lives of the sisters who have dedicated their lives to that order and the remarkable work they still carry out as educationalists and campaigners for social justice. Come and visit Nano Nagle Place, get involved and become part of our story.
Nano Nagle Place is a registered charity and is working toward compliance with The Governance Code.
SOUTH PRESENTATION CENTRE COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE
Company Number: 504915 – Registered Charity Number: 20077921
Board of Directors
We are governed by a voluntary board of directors:
Mr Pat Ledwidge – Chairman
Sr Sheila Kelliher
Ms Rose Gargan
Ms Eileen O’Brien
Mr Gerard O’Donovan
Sr Grace Redmond
Ms Mary O’Rourke
Sr Bride Given
Ms Teresa Harrington
Mr Ted Owens
Mr James Cotter
John Smith – CEO
Helen Geary – Ministry Manager
Susannah Ahern – Programme, Heritage and Education Manager
Sinead O’Connell – Office Manager
Caroline Dunne – Corporate Services Manager
Ovidiu-Constantin Dinu – Facilities Manger
Jessica Cull – Learning and Outreach Officer
Paul Lehane – Retail Manager