A Ceremony of Light at Dawn this Easter Sunday


Sunday, March 31st 2024, Goldie Chapel and Nano Nagle Place Contemplative Garden

All Welcome. Do Join Us.


Connecting to The Heart of What Matters in Times of
Conflict –
An Invitation to a Ceremony of Light at Dawn, this Easter Sunday, Nano Nagle Place


Details: Ceremony of Light and Hope

Time: 7.30 – 8.30 am, doors open 7am for tea and welcome

When: Dawn on Easter Sunday, 31st March 2024

Location: Goldie Chapel, and the contemplative garden, Nano Nagle Place (bring brollies and raincoats)

Address: Douglas Street, Cork

Cost: Free, token donations welcome

Access: Gate at Evergreen Street and Nicholas Street, main door closed


Annual Easter Mass at Dawn, please note Easter Mass will be held from 6.00 – 7.00 am with Fr Kevin O’Reagan


What to Expect:

  • Heart-Based Guided Meditation & Intentional Reflection
  • Song, Spoken Word, Poetry, and words of comfort – featuring poets Seamus Heaney, John O’Donohue, and Cork local Marie O’Sullivan
  • A ceremony of intention and lighting of candles for peace
  • Insight into the Work and Intention of Nano Nagle Place

Location: Goldie Chapel, and in the garden at the tomb of Nano Nagle, a place of contemplation

Facilitators: Nano Nagle Place Community

Background: This Easter Weekend, we are inspired by the path Nano Nagle walked over 250 years ago in addressing oppression. Nano Nagle Place, in the heart of Cork City, is a place of welcome: a place for all people, all ages, all neighbourhoods, and all beliefs. A place of belonging. A place of hope.


This Easter Sunday at Dawn, our CEO John Smith, sends out a call for all people across Cork City to join us as we come together and set an intention of peace for our people and planet.


“When we look around the world today, there is so much suffering. All we must do is to turn on the news and we see the unthinkable events unfolding in Gaza, the continuing war raging in Ukraine, and the perilous ‘Cry of the Earth’, manifesting through climate change.

Easter reminds us that we can reach for hope. It reminds us that there can be an immense struggle, at times despair, and then the beacon of a new beginning, a completely new perspective, and a collective embracing of freedom.

For me the work of Nano Nagle, and our intention of Nano Nagle Place, is a reminder of the importance of hope.”

–  John Smith, CEO, Nano Nagle Place


On a final note, we are touched by the wisdom of the great Irish mystic and poet John O’Donohue. John’s wisdom and words will be woven into our Intentional ceremony.


“We were sent here to search for the light of Easter in our hearts, and when we find it, we are meant to give it away generously. May the spirit and light of this Easter morning bless us all, watch over us and protect us on our journey, open us from the darkness into the light of peace and hope and transfiguration.”

–  John O’ Donoghue, Mystic, and Poet 


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