Presentation Sisters

Presentation Sisters


  • Sr Terry and children planting at the Garden of Oneness in Zambia
  • Sr Shalini marching for the poor and marginalised in New Delhi, India
  • Sr Teresa helping a patient in a local hospital in Nuneaton, England

Ireland - South West Province

Sr Catherine and friends at The Glen, Cork City

Founder of the Presentation Sisters, Venerable Nano Nagle set up her first school in Cork, Ireland, in 1754 and founded the Congregation on Christmas Eve in 1775.  Presentation Sisters have maintained a continuous presence in Cork city since the founding of the Congregation over 240 years ago.

From Cork many new missions were established, the first was in Killarney in 1793 and this was followed by many others in Ireland and overseas.

The South West Province was formed in 1976, following a number of Presentation Congregations coming together to form the Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There are currently 221 Sisters in the South West Province living and ministering in Cork, Kerry, Limerick and also in Slovakia and Dublin.

Celebrating Venerable Nano : L-R Srs Placida Barry,Patricia O'Shea,
Rev Patrick Relihan, Srs Maryjohn Staunton, Gerard Kelleher,
Stanislaus Kent, Rev Patrick Winkle, Sr Thaddeus O'Dea, Rev Canon Browne,
Srs Carmel Ryan, Lelia Finn


Sisters are involved in a variety of ministries including education, pastoral work, catechetical and faith formation health care, justice, peace and the integrity of creation.  Many sisters are formally retired but continue to dedicate their time and energy and engage in much voluntary work in the local community including working with prisoners, homeless people, migrants and refugees.



Sisters in the South West province live in the following counties:

Cork, Kerry and Limerick

The Provincialate is in Cork, Ireland. Contact email: swpres@eircom.net