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Unveiling of plaque by Prof. Padraig Ó Sé (L),
accompanied by Jack O’Sullivan,
Angela Lynch and Principal, David O’Kelly

Following extensive renovation and refurbishment works in the school in preparation for the exciting celebrations of the Tercentenary Year of the birth of Nano Nagle, Bunscoil Chríost Rí Presentation School, Turner’s Cross, Cork held a re-dedication ceremony of the school hall to Vernerable Nano recently. New signage and lighting outside of the school demonstrate the importance of Nano’s inspiration for the school, whose mission resonates with the Presentation Family values: To be an inclusive and caring community, To nurture all our talents, To foster awareness of spirituality, To value and appreciate difference, To cultivate individuality, To empower our students to meet the challenges of education and of life. 

Invited guests, including Mr Jack O’Sullivan, Chairman, Presentation Brothers School Trust, members of the Presentation Brothers Leadership Team, local Presentation communities, staff and parents all assembed in the new Nano Nagle Hall for a blessing ceremony by parish priest, Fr Billy O’Sullivan. They were then addressed by guest of honour, Professor Padraig G Ó Sé, President of University College, Cork, who is a past pupil of the school. He recalled his fond memories of concerts on the stage that he had now returned to after several prestigious academic positions at universities throughout the United States. He high-lighted the importance and significance of the Presentation traditions which have a distinct charismatic role in our educational system. 

Bunscoil Chríost Rí was established in 2011 following the amalgamation of Scoil Chríost Rí Buachaillí and Christ King Girls, as the new co-educational establishment became the preferred model of the school community under the trusteeship of the Presentation Brothers Schools Trust. The school continues to develop and thrive while embracing the proud Presentation traditions of the former schools which were founded when the Presentation Brothers and Presentation Sisters were asked by Bishop Cohalan to establish primary schools in the emerging Turner’s Cross area in the late nineteen thirties.

The school is now ready to embark on an ambitious development project to unite the former girl’s and boy’s school buildings with a modern designed link corridor and entrance while incorporating a new play area and sensory garden. Funding has been secured to commence works in early 2018 with completion later in the year.