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Presentation Sisters Union                          News Update June 2009                             Print Version                          

Mgr. Pádraig O' Fiannachta performed the blessing together with the local Canon and curate. Sr. Joan O' Sullivan, a member of the Central Leadership Team of the Sisters across the Union welcomed the guests and gave thanks to everybody who had made it possible. The artist/muralist Eleanor E. Yates was lauded for the vision she had brought to the project, for the commitment to her work and to this mural in particular over recent weeks and for the incredible quality of her artistry.

Eleanor, who has been visiting Dingle since the year 2000, is a muralist of world-wide fame who has created large-scale murals in Iowa, Colorado, California and Pennsylvania in the United States, in Gambia, West Africa and in Thaliand, as well as London, Dublin and Dingle! The artist's sister, Wendy, who had agreed to act as the model for this work, was also present, together with her family from Italy. Her daughter Elena had also modelled as one of the children around Nano.

The ceremonies concluded with a wonderful barbeque outdoors.  The rain ceased immediately after the blessing, proof if it were needed, that Nano was indeed present and at work on the day! Many thanks to all the staff of the Diseart Institute who worked so hard to make the weekend of celebrations such a success.

* The Díseart Institute of Education and Celtic Culture was founded in 1996 in Dingle in the heart of Corca Dhuibhne - the Dingle Peninsula - and strives to promote research, courses and cultural activities in all areas of native and Celtic Culture including theology, language, literature, art, laws, folklore, values, spirituality, history, music, archaeology and customs.

1950's Group explore Nagle heritage in England

On Tuesday, 13th April 2009, 26 members of the 1950s group, along with Renee Stevens (Facilitator), gathered at the Ammerdown Eucumenical Centre in Radstock near Bath. The group comprises Sisters from Europe who were born after 1950!

The group had come on pilgrimage to visit places associated with Nano and her family and to learn more about her ancestory. After dinner on Tuesday evening, we gathered for a welcoming ritual, looked forward to the coming days and re-established the bonds between us.

After the morning prayer on Wednesday, we welcomed Sr.Catherine Cronin and Sr.Concepta Tobin. The Sisters have done a great deal of research into Nano’s links in England and had written a book about her connections. Their input took the words off those pages and put flesh on them. They reached back into history helping us understand the “gene pool” of Nano and the English context.

They also pointed out Nano’s  business acumen and the fact that it is clear from her letters – she talks about the situation in the 1780s with the banks – that some things don’t change.

Before pilgrimaging  to Bath, we were grouped in threes so that we walked together. In Bath, Agnes Melling, one of the Lord Mayor’s guides, joined us. We travelled past  where Joseph’s had lived in the Paragon Buildings, up to the Circus – where David lived. Here Agnes filled us in on the architecture and the style of living.

We walked then to the Assembly rooms and learned more about life in high society. We then journeyed past David’s first house in Millsom street and arrived at St.John’s Church. Here they have the hand written evidence of David and Joseph’s generosity to the Catholic Church. We walked over to Bath Abbey – to see both the Abbey and the plaque in memory of Mary Nagle, David’s wife. Frances, Joseph’s wife, is also buried here but it is not known where her plaque is. After lunch we joined the bus to return to Ammerdown. Here the conversations continued in the spirit of what it means to be a pilgrim and the effects of pilgrimage and on us as Presentation.

On Thursday morning, we rose early and left for Calverleigh, a drive of approx. two hours from Bath. Joseph Nagle bought the manor of Calverleigh and lands around the area. He borrowed money from Nano to do this. Here, the parishioners of the Anglican Church of St.Mary, the Virgin, greeted us and had coffee ready for us. We then went to the Church and saw the two plaques to Nano’s brothers and

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