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A Twilight Walk in Cork



Sr Goretti O’Callaghan pbvm welcomes the Delegates
and those present at the North Cathedral

On a bright evening of sunshine and showers, 25 April 2018, a unique event to celebrate the Tercentenary of the Birth of Nano Nagle took place in Cork. Presentation Sisters had come from many different countries to participate as delegates in the ninth Congregational Gathering (Chapter). The first of the three-week long Gathering took place in Cork from 19-26 April 2018. All of the Delegates were thrilled with the opportunity to make a pilgrim journey, retracing Nano’s footsteps from the Northside of the City to the Southside. 

The evening began in the North Cathedral, where the delegates, Sisters and local people that were gathered were welcomed by Sr Goretti O’Callaghan, pbvm. There were presentations of music, song, film and dance from the local primary and secondary schools – North Presentation Secondary School, Farranree, Scoil Aiséirí Chríost, Farranree, North Presentation Primary School, Gerald Griffin Street, St Brendan’s Girl’s Primary School, The Glen and North Presentation Primary School, Gerald Griffin Street. At the end of this segment of the event, delegates were each presented with a lantern and processed out of the church – led by the art students of St Mary’s High School, Midleton, who created a magnificent lantern to lead the procession. 

The procession then made their way from North Cathedral to St Finbarr’s South Parish Church, with some stops on the way for reflection, given by Sr Emer Madigan, pbvm, who brought to life the reality of Nano’s daily journey on foot when visiting the students of her seven schools. At different points along the pilgrimage route, Sr Emer provided a commentary illuminating the historical significance of the various locations where the pilgrims paused. ‘A Salute to Nano’ composed by Sr Mary O’Brien, pbvm, was delivered by her at the Nano Nagle footbridge. 

On arrival to St Finbarr’s South Parish Church, the delegates and invited guests were again treated to presentations of music and dance from the students from Christ King Girl’s School, South Douglas Road,  and Bunscoil Chríost Rí, Turners Cross. The members of the Junior Barrack Street Band, Cork, then led the delegates and guests to the Goldie Chapel at Nano Nagle Place for the final segment of the event.

Sr Miriam Attel, pbvm gave the welcome address in the Goldie Chapel. Here, the pilgrims along with dignitaries and invited guests enjoyed a programme of music, readings and reflection, involving pupils from Scoil Maria Assumpta, Ballyphehane, Cork and the choirs of Presentation Secondary School and Scoil Maria Assumpta, Ballyphehane, Cork.

This event was one of many events taking place during this year to mark the Tercentenary of the birth of Nano.


To view the recording of the Twilight Walk in Cork, please click here

To see more photographs and read more about the Twilight Walk please click here