The Lantern Community Project

The Lantern Project

The Lantern Project is a place of welcome, learning and inclusion providing a safe place for people to learn and grow, develop new skills, meet others and make new friends.

Who are we?

Community education and creativity are the cornerstones of the centre focussing particularly on self-development, well-being and improving self-awareness. Lantern courses use a range of holistic approaches that aim to promote and enhance self-esteem and personal development.

What do we do?

The Lantern has two main strands of work – community development and community education. All programmes are designed to be inclusive, accessible, relevant and most importantly – participant led. Time spent attending Lantern activities allows people to take small steps, make new connections whilst reflecting on what supports their well-being.

The Lantern Project offers a signposting service that allows each participant an opportunity to explore & enhance their own wellbeing journey. The aim is to allow people the freedom to engage with others in the Lantern community in a non-judgemental, relaxed and friendly and social environment.

Since the transition of the Lantern and Cork Migrant Projects to the refurbished Ministry Building in Nano Nagle Place in 2018 there has also been a focus on exploring the synergies between these projects strengthening this partnership whilst further fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion.

To find out what we are doing now visit our FACEBOOK PAGE 



Who are the people we can support?

  • People on a journey of personal development who may be experiencing a period of fragility or vulnerability in their lives and for whom the support of a group would be beneficial.
  • Residents of the local area.


Our aims

  1. Be a hub of welcome, learning and inclusion providing a safe place for people experiencing fragility or vulnerability in their lives particularly for those who may be underserved by current social and health services, people who are struggling from marginalisation and isolation and those who struggle to connect with local community and services.
  2. Be a centre of excellence – promoting community education and creativity in Cork City by offering a broad range of community education and development opportunities.
  3. Foster links and collaboration with other service providers to foster multi-agency collaboration and partnerships.
  4. Be the living embodiment of the ministry of Nano Nagle’s work in today’s world in the spirit of her underlying theme of acceptance and empowerment.

Contact us

The Lantern Project

Nano Nagle Place

Evergreen Street




Lantern Coordinator Karina Healy 0861746374

Project Worker Ger O Sullivan 0860236442

Our sponsors and partners

The Lantern Community Project is proud to work in partnership with:



The Lantern Project scoops award for commitment to community development.

The Lord Mayor’s Community and Voluntary Awards 2021 have recognised the work of the city’s Covid Heroes who stepped up to help those most in need during what has been a difficult year for all.

The awards recognise the work of the voluntary organisations that continued to provide services throughout the city during the pandemic under the umbrella of the Cork City Community Response Forum.

This year’s Community Development category winners The Lantern Project at Nano Nagle Place use learning, creativity and music to allow our participants to fully engage with the process of community development.

Coordinator Karina Healy said: “We love our work and are privileged and honoured to hold space for people who have experienced vulnerability in their lives and we are so looking forward to strengthening the relationships within our community and extending a welcoming hand to those who will engage with us in the future.

None of this could happen without the incredible support from the Nano Nagle Place team, board of management, the Presentation Sisters & our funders HSE, Cork Educational Training Board, National Lottery and others.”

“We are not forgetting all the wonderful community organisations that we take example from and work side by side with.” Project Worker Ger O’Sullivan said that prior to Covid physical classes in wellbeing, music, gardening, and communications would have been held and when Covid-19 hit they moved everything online.

He said that social media was a great tool to connect with people and they organised Facebook live music events and wellbeing sessions, as well as YouTube tutorials for art and crochet.

He said those activities took them up to June and then Ms Healy came up with the idea of using Zoom, introducing those who weren’t tech-savvy to Zoom and getting people online so everyone could take part in online Zoom classes and sessions.

Mr O’Sullivan got the call from City Hall to inform him of their win during one of the Lantern Project’s socially distanced walks at The Lough, which have been taking place since the easing of restrictions, and was “delighted” with the news.

“During all the lockdowns we’ve been working at home. Thinking back you’d be saying how did we do it, but we did,” he said.

You can watch Ger O Sullivan accepting the Lord Mayor’s award on behalf of the Lantern Community Project below:

Nano Nagle Place welcome some new faces to our front windows!


The residents of one of the oldest parishes in Cork, South Parish, are celebrating local lifelong learners through the launch of a photographic exhibition. South Parish Learning Neighbourhood, as part of Cork Learning City, launches its Faces of Learning photographic exhibition, consisting of a series of striking black and white portraits by photographer Eddie Hennessy.

These are portraits of local learners who recognise South Parish as their own ‘Learning Neighbourhood.’ The exhibition features an inclusive mix of people who have embraced the idea of lifelong learning and have participated in courses and learning events locally.

Paula Mc Carthy, principal of St Johns Central College and chair of South Parish Learning neighbourhood said “South Parish Learning Neighbourhood is one of Cork’s newest learning Neighbourhoods and we are delighted to be launching our new Faces of Learning Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates lifelong learners of all ages and abilities from our neighbourhood. The people featured all have a learning story to tell and these stories combined have a powerful inspirational impact for others.”

Cork is an UNESCO Learning City, which means the city fosters and celebrates lifelong learning and social inclusion. The Learning Neighbourhoods Programme is integral to making Cork a Learning City and there are currently five areas in Cork that identify as Learning Neighbourhoods: South Parish, Mayfield, Ballyphehane, Knocknaheeney and The Glen. Each neighbourhood has an ongoing commitment to learning, providing inclusive and diverse learning opportunities for whole communities through partnership and collaboration. The programme is a collaboration between Cork City Council, UCC, MTU Cork and Cork Education and Training Board (CETB).

South Parish Learning Neighbourhood is one of Cork’s newest learning Neighbourhoods. Situated in a historic part of Cork’s city centre the neighbourhood benefits from having lots of great learning locations including Cork City Library, MTU Cork Crawford College of Art & Design, Gael-Taca, Meitheal Mara Teoranta, O’Sho, Nano Nagle Place, The Lantern Community Project, Cork Migrant Centre, Cork Centre for Architectural Education, Notes to Cork, Munster Literature Centre, Sean Carroll & Sons Silversmiths, Cork Flower Studio, Altrusa Literacy Scheme, Food Forest and St John’s Central College.

Everyone is invited to view the exhibition at a range of public venues throughout South Parish over the coming weeks and months. Posters will appear on Notes to Cork billboards and in shop windows on Douglas Street, and Nano Nagle Place will host an exhibition of The Lantern Community Project’s ‘Crochet Ladies’ across their front windows.

Visit the front plaza of Nano Nagle Place to see the exhibition in person!


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