THE doors of the newly redeveloped Nano Nagle Place are now open to the public, with the first groups visiting the centre yesterday (Wednesday).
More than €20 million has been invested in the redevelopment of the Douglas Street centre, transforming the 18th Century site into a state-of-the-art educational and heritage facility.
Nano Nagle will have a strong focus on community inclusiveness, education and culture, centre manager, Shane Clarke told the Evening Echo
“Today, we are opening our heritage centre to the public, which is really a celebration of Nano Nagle and the work she did in the 18th century that still resonates around the world today.” “Nano Nagle Place really is the world’s biggest Tardis. There’s an astonishing front on the building but it opens up to over three acres of 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st-century buildings and architecture. We have a beautiful green space as well as an 18th-century graveyard.”
As part of its introduction to the city, the centre distributed 1,000 complimentary tickets to the heritage site the public. These tickets are valid through the Summer.
The centre’s design shop and surrounding gardens, which are free to enter, are also now open to the public.
“There is a huge focus on inclusiveness," Mr Clarke said.
"It’s a centre not just for the thousands of past pupils who came through the school but also for all the people of Cork.”
Admission for the heritage centre is 7.50 for adults, 18 for families, 5.50 for old age pensioners, students and the unwaged.
The centre is open 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Sunday.