CHRISTMAS EVE: Cork Tourist Attraction gives out free soup and apple juice

24 December 2017, 8am
By Elaine Murphy
elaine@TheCork.ie

Nano Nagle Place to host charity event in aid of the Cork Simon Community

Last week the museum and gardens were officially opened:
Sr Mary Deane Congregational Leader of the Presentation Sisters Union shows Dr Mary McAleese Nano Nagle Bonnet pictured at the official opening of Nano Nagle Place in Cork City on Monday, December 18th.
Following a three year restoration and redevelopment of the former site of the South Presentation Convent and School, Nano Nagle Place was officially opened by the former President of Ireland, Dr Mary McAleese in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald.
Picture: Clare Keogh

On Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December, the newly opened Nano Nagle Place on Douglas Street in Cork, will revive a centuries-old tradition by offering a warm mug of soup and mulled apple juice to the people of Cork in return for a voluntary donation to Cork Simon Community.

When Nano Nagle founded the Presentation Community on Christmas Eve 1775 she celebrated by hosting a Christmas dinner for the poor on Christmas Eve, a tradition her Sisters continued down the years. To celebrate the opening of Nano Nagle Place in 2017 they are reviving this tradition…in a new way.

Nano Nagle Place business partners and friends, Good Day Deli, who recently opened in the centre’s Garden Café, are kindly providing the soup and mulled apple juice for two hours from 11.30am on Christmas Eve. All donations made will be given to Cork Simon Community.

Shane Clarke, Chief Executive at Nano Nagle Place, said they are reviving the tradition to commemorate the founding of Presentation Sisters by Nano Nagle and her three companions on Christmas Eve 1775. Speaking ahead of the event he said“The new take by Nano Nagle Place on a century’s old Cork tradition reflects our ongoing mission to preserve the heritage, ethos and philosophy of Nano Nagle and her pioneering work in education, the poor and underprivileged.”

He continues, “This is just the beginning. We’re excited to announce that Christmas Eve coincides with the launch of the Tercentenary Year of Nano Nagle’s birth in 1718. From January 2018, there will be year-long celebrations and events around the world to celebrate her birth, her life and 300 years of her legacy.”

Everyone is welcome to enjoy hot soup and mulled apple juice between 11.30am and 1.30pm at Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, on Christmas Eve.

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