A twilight procession takes place through Cork city tomorrow night retracing the steps of Nano Nagle

A twilight procession takes place through Cork city tomorrow night retracing the steps of Nano Nagle

Students of Scoil Maria Assumpta, Ballyphehane, at The Goldie Chapel, Nano Nagle Place, in preparation for the tercentenary celebrations of the Venerable Nano Nagle’s birth tomorrow Picture: Clare Keogh

PRESENTATION sisters from across the world will be joined by the Cork public in a twilight procession through the city tomorrow night to mark the 300th anniversary of Nano Nagle's birth.

The procession is a real-life enactment of a scene that many Corkonians in the 1780s when Nano wound her way through the narrow lanes of the city.

In the area between the Grand Parade and Shandon Street she would often have been seen holding aloft a lighted lantern.

Sisters and local people will gather at 5pm at the North Cathedral to join the students from the Presentation schools in the area who will celebrate the legacy of Nano through song and music.

As the pilgrims begin their journey, retracing the footsteps of Nano across the city, they will be led by students from St Mary’s High School, Midleton, who will carry aloft a lighted lantern.

When the pilgrims arrive at the Nano Nagle Bridge they will be greeted by a Salute to Nano given by Sister Mary O’Brien.

The Twilight Walk will end in the Goldie Chapel at Nano Nagle Place. In this chapel, the pilgrims, along with dignitaries and invited guests, will enjoy a programme of music, readings and reflection, involving pupils from the Presentation schools in the local area, weaving together the many strands of the Nano Story in this special Tercentenary Year.

Some sixty Presentation Sisters from Ireland and across the world are currently in Cork acting as delegates to an international meeting on behalf of over eleven hundred Sisters worldwide.

They come together to reflect on how to respond to the needs and challenges of today’s world, such as concerns about global warming.

The redeveloped Nano Nagle Place, Cork, launched in December 2017 by former Irish President, Dr. Mary McAleese, is playing host to this meeting. Sister Mary Deane, Congregational Leader, said: “How fitting it is that this Congregational Gathering should take place for the first time in Cork at the very location where Nano Nagle herself founded the Presentation Sisters."

"It is doubly fitting that this gathering should happen in a place that celebrates Nano’s vision of empowerment through education, community inclusion and spiritual engagement. This meeting was planned to coincide with the Presentation Sisters Congregation Leadership Team

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