The wonderful complex of buildings at Nano Nagle Place form a rich architectural assemblage. The triangular wedge of land upon which the site sits appears in early maps of Cork. We don’t quite know when the Nagle family acquired it but when Nano Nagle came into possession of the land and passed ownership to the religious communities she had sponsored and founded, the future of this green city oasis was secured.
The oldest remaining building is the convent that Nano Nagle built for the Ursuline Sisters in 1771. Recent research has shown that many originaldesign details remain, perhaps specified by Nano herself. The Ursulinesisters thrived here and built extensions to that original building in 1775, 1779, and 1790. When the Ursulines moved to Blackrock in 1825 the buildings passed to the Presentation Sisters (who had been living in another convent built by Nano, the site of which is closely mapped by the current blue Presentation Convent on Douglas Street).
Over the last 4 years the buildings on this site have been preserved and renewed for posterity. These include other historic buildings, like the beautiful chapel Gothic Revival designed by the architect George Goldie in 1865, and the large, brick built South Presentation Primary School of 1928, which fronts Douglas Street. Added to this mix of heritage structures are new buildings, such as the Garden Room café, the Western Apex building, and the Heritage Centre reception, along with the newly designed access to the Sisters Graveyard and Nano’s Tomb. Nano Nagle Place is not only a heritage attraction and a beautiful sacred space, it also is a community education hub that celebrates and brings alive Nano Nagle’s vision for a contemporary world.
The heritage experience at Nano Nagle Place will be freely accessible to visitors all day on Cork Heritage Open Day.
Our archive will open its doors to the public between 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. No booking required.
If you have any enquiries about Nano Nagle Place call (021) 4193580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org