Ireland South West

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 240 years ago.  In 1976 the South West Province joined the Presentation Sisters Union during its formation. To learn more about the Presentation Sisters in Ireland South West see below or visit their website here.

 

 

An Diseart, Co Kerry 

The Presentation Convent in Dingle no longer is home to a community of Sisters, but it is home to An Díseart.

The Díseart acts as the centre for a lively community giving expression to and promoting Celtic Culture and Spirituality as an integral part of our local heritage.

Housed in the former Presentation Convent premises in Dingle, founded in 1996, an Díseart developed as a centre for the research into all areas of Irish Spirituality and Celtic Culture including theology, language, literature, art, laws, folklore, values, spirituality, history, music, archaeology and customs led by the late Msgr Pádraig Ȯ Fiannachta and associated with his valuable collection of manuscripts and books now housed in the Dingle Library.

With the support of the Presentation Sisters, An Díseart is in the hands of a community managed by a voluntary board who make provision for the care and maintenance of the building and grounds.  The building is available to the community for the development of spiritual, artistic and cultural activities.  The organisation develops volunteerism in the community.  The gardens are a location for family picnics and cultural gatherings. An Díseart organises and promotes cultural and Heritage events throughout the year.

Feidhmíonn An Díseart mar ionad do phobal bríomhar a chuireann an Cultúr agus an Spioradáltacht Cheilteach chun cinn mar dhlúthchuid d’ár n-oidhreacht áitiúil.  Tá sé lonnaithe sa Daingean I seanChlochar na Toirbhirte.  Ȯ cuireadh An Díseart ar bun I 1996, d’fhorbair sé mar ionad taighde as gach gné den Spioradáltacht Eireannach agus den Chultúr Ceilteach, ina measc an diagacht, teanga, litríocht, ealaín, dlithe, béaloideas, luachanna, spioradáltacht, stair, ceol, seandálaíocht agus nósanna.  B’e Msgr. Pádraig Ȯ Fiannachta, trócaire air, a bhí ina cheann air agus tá ceangal ag an nDíseart lena chnuasach luachmhar lámhscríbhinní agus leabhar atá I dtaisce I Leabharlann an Daingin.

Le tacaíocht Shiúracha na Toirbhirte tá An Díseart á stiúradh ag bord deonach a thugann aire don fhoirgneamh agus dá thailte is a dhéanann iad a chothabháil.  Tá an t-ionad ar fail don phobal le haghaidh gníomhachtaí spioradálta, ealaíonta, cultúrtha agus Gaelacha agus is áit é gur féidir le daoine a mbuanna a thabhairt i lár an aonaigh agus iad a roinnt.  Eagraíonn An Díseart féin imeachtaí cultúrtha, spioradálta agus oidhreachta I rith nab liana agus tá na gáirdíní as fail le haghaidh picnic, teacht le chéile cultúrtha nó paidreoireacht phríomháideach agus machnamh.

The Sensory Garden was opened to the community on 10 August 2020.  Biodiversity is the central theme in the choice of plants and the layout of the areas, some of which are planted with wildflowers and will be left unmowed to provide habitats for butterflies and bees and many other insects, while other areas of the garden will be mowed to allow people to sit and enjoy the natural environment.

The kiss of the sun for pardon

The song of the birds for mirth

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden

than anywhere else on earth.

Dorothy Frances Gurney

The development of the sensory garden is the final stage in the development of the gardens which were first planted in 1894.  The late Msgr Pádraig Ȯ Fiannachta had a plan to develop the garden in stages – Family Tree Garden, Labyrinth Meditation Garden and Sensory Garden. This development was made to heighten our sense of place and deepen our connection with the earth.  Over time the trees will develop into a balanced ecosystem with wildflowers, all creating a haven for wildlife as well as for people who can come to enjoy the everchanging landscape.

The Presentation Sisters’ burial ground occupies part of the garden.  A magnificent copper beech tree grows here, and its branches extend over the white painted crosses marking the burial spot of 75 sisters, the first of whom was interred in 1832 and the last on 7 April 2021.

The Presentation Sisters’ involvement in West Kerry continues as trustees of Bunscoil an Clochar and as members of the Board of Directors of An Díseart.

Diseart Garden

Diseart Garden

Diseart Garden - Pres Convent

Diseart Garden - Pres Convent

Diseart Garden

Diseart Garden

Tralee, Co Kerry

Tralee, the 8th largest town in Ireland, has a population of 23 691 people (2016 census) from many countries with various cultures.  Presentation Sisters have been in Tralee since 1809 and during the Bicentenary, the people honoured their presence and work.

We live in a large Convent on spacious grounds which call for high maintenance, ensuring a place of reflection and quiet. We focus on living simply and constantly aim to live more sustainably, increasing efforts to reach best practice in lessening our carbon footprint and reducing waste.

Living beside the Church, we are closely connected with the Parish of St John the Baptist. It is an active parish and as a Community we are supportive and involved in activities including preparation and organisation of Rituals.

The Convent is on the same grounds as The Sacred Heart Primary School. Whenever the opportunity arises we collaborate with the teachers and respond to requests, ranging from information on Nano Nagle, to the history of the school, to personal interviews on our vocation and experience living as Presentation Sisters.

We provide space for AA meetings.

Due to failing health, many of us are not as involved as we were.   We continue to participate in the Mission of the Congregation, grateful for our faith in a living and active God. We support one another to live contemplatively and in fidelity to daily community prayerand hospitality  We participate in discernment processes and engage with the Presentation communication network. We keep up to date with happenings around us, both in the world and congregation, and support many needs through donations to worthy causes e.g. the work of Trócaire, Red Cross, the  Green Belt Africa, Syria, India . . .

We share responsibility within community, conscious of our vulnerable Sisters and ensuring best care for all. We support the ministry of local leadership within community and in another community in the SW Unit.

While Covid has restricted our movements and involvement, we have been enriched by participation in online events from local to global, from Unit to IPA.  We promote these events, mindful of people who do not have access to the same resources.

Many of us have lived in different communities, involved in various ministries in the congregation over the years and now as we enjoy the Autumn of our lives, we support one another to feel at home in Tralee and continue to minister in whatever way we can to one another, to staff and others who may need help in crises.

ST JOHN’S CARE OF CREATION GROUP, TRALEE

A member of Castle Street Community works with St John’s Care of Creation Group, while our community as a whole supports the group’s efforts in promoting education and awareness raising on spirituality, biodiversity and all things related to sustainable living.

A Hub beside the Church is used for display, disseminating information and prayer resources.  Study sessions and workshops have been offered on e.g. Laudato Si and Fratelli Tutti.  During Lent this year (2021) Stations of Creation were set up in the nearby town park.

In the church grounds a small biodiversity garden is being developed to model care for our earth and for all its smaller flora and fauna species.

ST JOHN’S CARE OF CREATION GROUP, TRALEE

A member of Castle Street Community works with St John’s Care of Creation Group, while our community as a whole supports the group’s efforts in promoting education and awareness raising on spirituality, biodiversity and all things related to sustainable living.

A Hub beside the Church is used for display, disseminating information and prayer resources. Study sessions and workshops have been offered on e.g. Laudato Si and Fratelli Tutti.  During Lent this year (2021) Stations of Creation were set up in the nearby town park.

In the church grounds a small biodiversity garden is being developed to model care for our earth and for all its smaller flora and fauna species.

Founded in the late 90’s by a group including Presentation Sister, Anne McNamara, there continues to be a member of Tralee Presentation Community connected with KERRY DIOCESAN JUSTICE, PEACE & INTEGRITY OF CREATION COMMITTEE, which promotes Catholic Social Teaching in the Diocese – by providing resources, organising workshops/events, encouraging action and building networks to work towards creating a more just world and care for our earth.

A member of community collaborates in an inter-congregational group ‘FUTURE WE NEED’ (FWN), a faith-based justice group comprising of members from Columbans, Franciscans, Josephites, Mercy, Presentation and Salesians.  This group works on issues of justice and ecology, raising awareness and engages in advocacy and lobbying.

One of our community is on the SOUTH WEST UNIT JUSTICE COMMISSION, which consists of Sisters from Cork (Eleanor Sugrue & Anne Marie McCarthy), Kerry (Miriam Pollard & Maureen O’ Connell) and Limerick (Helen O’ Brien), with a link Sister (Pauline Casey) from the Leadership Team.  The group organises resources and workshops to raise awareness in the Unit on local, national and global issues of poverty, injustice and care of earth and on what Sisters and colleagues are doing in those areas.  There is also collaboration with the Ireland/ England Justice Desk (Brian O’ Toole) and the North East and English Units.         

One of our sisters is on the CONGREGATIONAL COORDINATING TEAM FOR JUSTICE (CCT-J) whose role is to support and strengthen the Union Justice Network within and between Units/Mission areas, to promote greater and more effective engagement with the International Presentation Association.  They are supported in their work by a link person (originally Sr Fatima Rodrigo and currently Sr Anne McDermott) from the Congregation Leadership Team.

A member of the Tralee Community represents the Congregation on the ETHICAL CRITERIA REVIEW GROUP of State Street Global Advisors Ireland, based in Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, which provides guidance for policy on ethical investments.

 

Care of Creation, St John's, Tralee

Care of Creation, St John's, Tralee

Care of Creation, St John's, Tralee

Care of Creation, St John's, Tralee

Rowan Tree

Rowan Tree

Presentation Convent, Tralee

Presentation Convent, Tralee

Farranree, Co Cork

I have worked in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul here in Farranree Parish since 2011. We mostly help families with coal and food hampers. In these Covid times, we have meetings  by Zoom and we cannot visit homes.  Goods are still delivered by volunteers.

I facilitate a group of Friends of Nano in North Presentation Convent. This was started by Sr Marie Campion, RIP, about 1998. They have raised money to help many good causes over the years. Trips to Ballygriffin and to Nano Nagle Place are always enjoyed by the group.

I still have a little involvement with the North Presentation Secondary School, where I taught and was Chaplain for a while.  I keep in contact with the Catechist. Recently, I suggested that what had been the Chapel be called the Nano Nagle Room and that was accepted.

A pathway has been cleared around the school grounds, where students can walk and get fresh air. This is to be called “Sli Nano Nagle”.  I was asked for suggestion, so it will represent different stages of Nano’s life. Signs need to be put up in various places. Very little work could be done this year. It is a work in progress

I am also a member of the Justice Commission in the South-West Province. I lead the singing at the Saturday Vigil Mass. I am also involved in St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society.

Sr Ena Lehane

 

Farranree Family Resource Centre

In 1988 a Family Resource Centre was planned to provide a network of support services for families in the Farranree/Fairhill/Commons Road and surrounding areas, to enable people to become involved in their own human, social and spiritual development.  The driving force behind this initiative was Sr Lelia Karr.

Temporary accommodation was made available in the local Convent and Boys Primary School.  A Community Committee was set up to raise funds for a new building.   The Department of Social Welfare, under the then Minister, Mr. Michael Woods, gave a substantial Grant towards the project. The Cork Diocesan Trustees and Trustees of the Local Presentation Convent gave the site gratis and work on the present Family Centre began in November 1990.  It was completed in January 1992.

The Farranree Family Resource Centre was officially opened on the 18th May 1992.  President Mary Robinson officially opened an upstairs extension to the Centre on the 26th of February, 1996.

A further extension, consisting of four rooms, was added to the building in May 1997.

The overall aim of the Farranree Family Resource Centre is to provide and develop Community based family support services, such as;-

  • Care of the Older Person
  • Human, Personal and Social Development Courses
  • Counselling and Advice services
  • Healthcare programmes
  • Literacy skills
  • Second-chance education Courses
  • Support Groups for people of all ages and needs
  • Accommodation of representatives of all agencies or groups relevant to Family Support Services

 

Programmes

Parent & Toddler Group

Our parent and toddler group would normally meet twice weekly.  Our aim is developing a healthy relationship between parent and child through various activities such as music, art, play, story reading, swimming, educational trips and dance.  Also enabling parents to relate effectively with their children.  Social workers have, on occasion, recommended clients to avail of our services.

Moving Age – for the elderly of our community Moving Age incorporating Chiropody service, cookery, bridging the gap with transition year students in North Presentation and Bealtaine Festival.  We also organise visiting speakers e.g., safety awareness in the home, health awareness, music, film and song exhibitions and more.  Also, our ladies meet twice weekly for tea, cakes and chat in the kitchen.

 

Counselling / Support group therapy We have a CDLTF (Cork Drugs Liaison Task Force) counsellor operating in the centre.
Art Courses There are four art courses (morning and evening) for adults held each week in the centre.

 

Computer Skills (including FETAC levels 4 & 5 There are three computer courses running each week in the centre.   In recent years the demand for these courses has greatly increased due to unemployment in the area.  A new course called Tech Smart was initiated this year – how to operate / make best use of your Smart phone, Tablet, iPad etc.

 

Digital photography

 

Photography class meets weekly.

 

Women’s groups We have a weekly cookery and flower arranging class.

 

Parenting for adults of special needs children We work in collaboration with Springboard for this service.

 

Adult Literacy

 

In collaboration with the CETB (Cork Educational Training Board) a literacy programme is in operation providing an ongoing weekly service for those who require assistance.

 

Adult Education incorporating Irish, Geography, English, Maths, History and Spanish For adults who wish to return to second chance education.  Some students avail themselves of the Junior and Leaving Certificate programmes also.   We introduced Spanish last year and this has proved very successful– levels include beginners, improvers and advanced.

 

St Vincent de Paul Meet twice a week in the centre.  An initiative was launched whereby families who were being supported by SVP were encouraged to attend our cookery classes in the centre.

 

Healthy eating Weekly cookery class incorporating recipes to aid in healthy eating habits.

 

Mindfulness & Wellbeing

We introduced a wellbeing / mindfulness programme which has proved extremely popular.  We find this so important, now more than ever, with the continuing mental health issues that face all in our community.

To fulfil the expressed needs of people using the Family Centre during the year 2020 the above activities and programmes were planned but unfortunately due to the Covid 19 crisis we were unable to follow through on many of them – we were able to deliver programmes such as computer skills, digital photography and mindfulness.

However, we delivered some programmes virtually and this was very successful.  While we were unable to facilitate the Moving Age group and others in the centre, we ensured that we made weekly contact in order to enquire as to any specific needs they might have e.g., food or medicine delivery.   We worked in collaboration with the Covid Farranree/Fairfield Network during this period.

Approximately 3,000 users would avail of the facilities of the Family Centre during the year but obviously this was not the case in 2020.  In previous year’s these would have included participants in Courses and Programmes, students gaining work experience as well as representatives of various Agencies, Professional Research Workers, Residents’ Associations, Parish Groups and members of various Community Groups including Springboard, Presentation Secondary School, Cork City Partnership, HSE (HAZ worker) and Rapid.

Flower arranging

Flower arranging

Computer Class

Computer Class

Bingo Session

Bingo Session

Music Session

Music Session

Music Session

Music Session

Parent & Toddler setting

Parent & Toddler setting

Parent & Toddler setting

Parent & Toddler setting

Samples of art

Samples of art

Samples of art

Samples of art

Samples of art

Samples of art

Cork City 

Ministries

  1. Ministry of Accompanying and being accompanied by Homeless Persons.
  2. Accompanying people who need to be accompanied on their spiritual and personal journeys

I’m a Presentation Sister living in Cork City.  I taught in Primary school for 26 years, where I had the privilege of imparting knowledge and awakening students to their inner potential.   Now the shoe is on the other foot.  The homeless people become my teachers.   I have been privileged to accompany and be accompanied by homeless people, from all walks of life, on their spiritual and personal journeys, for almost 27 years in the Cork Simon Community, on the streets of Cork and in the Retreat Centre at Nano Nagle’s Birthplace in Ballygriffin, Mallow, Co. Cork.

Some homeless people never had a home.  A house is not necessarily a home.  Houses provide shelter from the elements, an address, somewhere to lay our heads.  Homes offer so much more – security, love, warmth, support, understanding and a place where we feel free to be ourselves and where we are accepted for who and what we are.

Homelessness is about more than housing.   It is also about physical and mental health, drug and alcohol abuse. For some street people though, their days become an endless grind of finding food, money for drink and a safe warm doorway, old shed, under a bridge, derelict house etc., to sleep, especially when the temperatures drop below freezing.

I have found their stories and their way of life, at a deeper level, so fascinating that I began to keep a diary on my daily meetings with them.   This diary is now a published book – “For you are Beauty-full”.  My privilege over the years has been to be there as a listening presence, offering meditation/mindfulness training to many.

Funds provided by my Presentation Congregation helps with Soup Run, Emergency Shelter, Bedding, Food, Education and Training, Housing, Care of Women to name but a few.

I continue to keep a daily diary which has formed the basis for several more books, these will soon be available to the public, to read, in the Reading Room at Nano Nagle Place.

Human – Being  – (From homelessness to the true home within)

Present Moment  –  (Moment of Light when I can accept what is my homelessness, there is deep peace within)

 Moments of Healing

Awaken to Presence  –  (in the solitude of my inner silence, I find the haven of unending joy)

The Mirror of Silence  –  (Delight in the vast play of life – the Divine created us in joy)

Catherine’s near death experience

Walk in Love

Drink Deeply from the Well of Wonder

The Giver of Life  – ( may we be gifted to remain open to the birth, fresh innocence, fullness of the world and of our own heart.)

A new book, as yet unnamed has just been started.

Sr Catherine Fenton

Flower arranging

Flower arranging

Computer Class

Computer Class

Bingo Session

Bingo Session

Music Session

Music Session

Music Session

Music Session

Parent & Toddler setting

Parent & Toddler setting

Parent & Toddler setting

Parent & Toddler setting

Samples of art

Samples of art

Samples of art

Samples of art

Samples of art

Samples of art

Roxboro Road Community, Limerick

Ministry in Community

  • Ministry to one another and appreciation of one another
  • Hospitality
  • Prayer – listening
  • Contact person
  • Communication person
  • The Sick
  • Ministry to convent staff
  • Community Accounts
  • Maintenance of Convent
  • Garden
  • Upkeep of Presentation plot in local cemetery
  • Dining room
  • Sacristy
  • Recycling- composting

 

Ministry in the Wider Community

  • Work with Baptismal Team and getting to know people in the parish
  • Prayer services with children in school and keeping alive the spirit of Nano Nagle
  • Board of Management re the primary school
  • Readers in the church
  • Prayer ministry – Prayer groups, Renewal groups and Lectio Divina groups
  • Adoration of Blessed Sacrament
  • Ministry to the sick in their homes
  • Visiting our Sisters who are in Nursing Homes
  • Communication with past pupils and past staff

 

 

Experiences during Covid Times

Contemplation

Opportunities

Variation

Inspiration

Delight

 

Josephine’s reflection on the garden

We ask “How do we care for the world” our common home in this age?

Do we see it as a thing to be used and abused, or as something that is valued, cherished, preserved and protected?

We can learn from the Native Americans – our world is loaned to us and must be cherished and preserved for posterity.

How can we achieve this in our little patch?

Pope Francis in “Laudato Si” challenges us to change, to see creation with eyes of wonder and awe, to see the mystery and beauty hidden in created things, and to love and protect all. As the poet William Blake wrote: “to see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of our hands and eternity in an hour.”

 This challenge and love of nature and the environment draws me out daily to the garden to see, admire and tend it for hours. The entire material universe speaks of God’s love. God is very close in the garden. I walk in the world of the Divine all the time – bird song praising the Lord, flowers opening in magnificent splendour and beauty, all kinds of insects humming their praises to Him, a variety of butterflies showing His beauty and bounty. Such limitless multitudes, and yet only a little visible to my eyes. What is happening in the soil? All the invisible creatures down there – worms, microbes, bacteria etc. Doing their work and praising the Almighty for his wonderful deeds.

 I will continue gardening with His help as long as I am able, and even when not able I can continue to contemplate and be grateful for His wonderful creation, and its survival in spite of the odds. I will encourage our staff, neighbours, friends and relatives to grow, protect, and recycle. I will donate plants, seeds, pots and information to anyone who shows any interest. I will continue to spread the Good News – the beauty of God’s creation and its vast potential.

Sr Josephine Cagney

Biodiversity garden

Biodiversity garden

Biodiversity garden

Biodiversity garden

Rainwater collection tank for watering

Rainwater collection tank for watering

Castleisland, Co Kerry

We are a Community of five Sisters who strive to create a happy environment and to live in the love of Christ and one another. Having retired from active ministry in education, we realise that we have plenty of time and opportunity to devote ourselves more and more to a life of prayer and contemplation. This we regard as a priority in our work and ministries. We consider ourselves very fortunate in this time of the pandemic to be able to assist at Mass in our little side-chapel adjoining the Parish Church while also obeying current restrictions and safety measures.

We are also very mindful of the needs of our parishioners and beyond who seek our prayers for various needs and requests. In times of family bereavements in the parish we convey our condolences online which, we hope, is some measure of consolation in their sorrow and grief. Frequently, we also forward a Mass card for the happy repose of the deceased loved one.

One of our Sisters is a member of the Church choir and another is a Eucharistic minister. We assist the local Parish Deacon with readings during a Family Service which he conducts every Wednesday night.

This past year we donated a beautiful statue of Christ the King to the local Church and provided an explanatory picture of same. We also donated some pews for the creation of sacred spaces in the Church. Following the downsizing of the Convent, our altar and Stations of the Cross were donated to the parish of Brosna, Co. Kerry which greatly enhanced their recently renovated Church.

Our dedicated management and staff continue the good ministry of education in our schools after the retirement of all Presentation Sisters after many years of teaching. Following the provision of Primary and Secondary education in our schools, we were happy to announce the building of a special unit in 2015, to cater for the needs of pupils within the autistic spectrum. This was surely an addition which must have been dear to the heart of Nano Nagle, who always gave priority to the disadvantaged.

Today, we keep in contact with our schools on special occasions like Presentation Day, Graduation Days, and school Masses. We had a lovely experience this Presentation Day 2020 when, due to Covid -19, students could only connect with us through personal letters wishing us well and telling us the little stories of their lives. Gifts were exchanged between the schools and convent while observing social distancing.

On the occasion, of the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Convent in 1996, the Congregation saw the need for a Day Care Centre in Castleisland and kindly donated a site for same. The elderly, enjoy the many benefits of this facility, in a loving and caring environment. Land has also been donated to the parish for a community garden. This is well utilised and gives pleasure to people to grow their own vegetables for the household.

On the 22 June 2016, Kerry County Councillors and local politicians honoured us by dedicating a new library in Castleisland town to our Founder, Mother Joseph Harnett. Mayor Bobby O’Connell addressed the meeting and outlined how the library was being dedicated to the legacy and memory of a remarkable local woman. Present were Sr Pauline Casey from the Unit Leadership Team and Sr Maureen Kane, Sr Theresa McAuliffe and Sr Mary Buckley from the Castleisland Community. The Parish Priest, Fr Dan O’Riordan, and many parishioners also joined the happy occasion. Sr Pauline Casey delivered a gracious and heartfelt vote of thanks. 

Community Sisters reading Presentation Day Greetings from the students

Community Sisters reading Presentation Day Greetings from the students

Fermoy, Co Cork

Our ministry situation has changed enormously during the past twelve months.  Last year Eucharia did voluntary teaching, particularly with regard to foreign nationals.  She also has, over the years, built up a wonderful connection with foreign national families and local people in need of material and advice assistance.   But now, as a result of four deaths in thirteen months, our numbers in the house have gone from six to two, and we also have one Sister in a Nursing Home.  In addition Eucharia is 78 and I’m 86.  Eucharia still carries on her ministry to, and interest in, those in need in the local community.  However the needs of her religious community take up most of her time.  We both see the ministry of prayer as most important and, being leader, Eucharia sees to our welfare.  Physically I am unable to do very much, but I do look after the accounts and things of that nature.

We are very aware that the above is a ministry of aged people but for us that’s how life is,  we have no regrets!  We had our day, let’s hope we did our best.

Catherine Barry & Eucharia Fenton

Killorglin, Co Kerry

Sr Noreen Quilter

I am based in Killorglin Co Kerry in the South West province. My ministry is being part of a Diocesan team with my main role being Diocesan Advisor to 159 primary schools in the diocese for Kerry. It involves school visits, supporting and resourcing teachers in the teaching of Religious Education. Providing in service to teachers and supporting our Catholic schools and their Boards of Management.

Youghal, Co Cork

Presentation Community in Youghal, Co Cork dates back to 1834. The years of Prayer and Ministry celebrated here add up to one hundred and eighty-five year and the combined age of the four Sisters here now adds up to almost three hundred and sixty years, so we have much to remember and give thanks for, and still more opportunities for mission.

We are closely associated with Youghal Parish and have a lovely sense of Eucharistic Community with many at morning Mass, funerals and other celebrations. Because of age and health factors we are not as active in ministry as previously, but are on the inward journey, awake to the Mystery of God and supportive of the work of the Congregation worldwide.

Sr Stanislaus Kent; In my 98th year my chief ministry is prayer. I help with household duties, I do the accounts and I pay the staff.

L-R: Srs Carmel Ryan, Stanislaus Kent, Margaret Cashman, Placida Barry

Sr Margaret Cashman

  • Link-person with house-staff providing for the needs of Sisters, shopping for kitchen and dining room.
  • Driving Sisters where necessary
  • Assistant gardener and refuse collection and recycling

Sr Carmel Ryan

  • Sacristan duties – preparation for celebration of Mass, care of Alter Vessels and linen, buying wine, breads, candles etc for Mass
  • Visitation of hospital and Nursing homes. Visiting and meeting with the old and homeless in Shalom House and St Francis Court – i.e Respond Housing projects
  • Doing weekly adoration in the adoration Chapel
  • Visits to Blessed Sacrament and presence at morning and evening prayer to increase my appreciation of God’s love in our lives and to give us the opportunity to pray for our loved one and the whole world
  • Daily recitation of the Rosary – with the odd duplicate thrown in – assures us of the special care of Mary Our Mother. We intercede for the needs of the local church and of those far and near, particularly those in the troubled parts of the world.

Sr Placida Barry

My ministries here are many – simple and changeable depending on need and opportunity.

I organise meetings, write reports, communicate outward by letter, email and phone calls. Immigrant workers accept my voluntary work for English (TEFL) and social integration of their families.

Ministry to community and others needs cars, so I renew, repair and service the cars and tend to daily and annual specifications. I find people to maintain and repair our residence and I engage house staff. I still have an interest in safeguarding children professionally, based on long-term experience. Now I help with necessary edits of materials for circulation of the Communication Office of the Congregation .

Midleton, Co Cork

Presentation Midleton – Recent News/Events
Currently there are ten Sisters in Midleton, three of whom are not in residence – Sr Joseph Darmody in Conna Nursing Home, Sr Máire Manning in Ballincurrig Nursing Home and Sr Úna Burke in Marymount Hospice Care in Cork.

Areas of ministry include:
• Visitation of hospitals – Srs Carmel Hartnett and Agnes Manley
• Associates  – Sr Clare Fox
• Adoration in Parish Church – Srs Carmel Hartnett and Agnes Manley
• Parish music ministry when requested – Sr Carmel Flynn
• First Communion programme with parents – Srs Clare Fox, Carmel Hartnett and Carmel Flynn
• Cathecetics in Cloyne diocesecan primary schools – Sr Clare Fox

All significant events are celebrated

Sr Aurea Dias visited recently and a celebratory lunch was enjoyed by all three communities in the diocese – Midleton, Fermoy and Youghal.  Photos of this special event below.

Srs Angela and Agnes

Srs Angela and Agnes

Srs Evelyn, Eucharia, Catherine, Lelis, Mary Jane

Srs Evelyn, Eucharia, Catherine, Lelis, Mary Jane

Srs Placida, Evelyn, Margaret, Carmel

Srs Placida, Evelyn, Margaret, Carmel

Srs Stanislaus and Mary

Srs Stanislaus and Mary

Srs Margaret, Carmel, Aurea and Placida

Srs Margaret, Carmel, Aurea and Placida

Srs Aurea, Catherine, Eucharia and Angela

Srs Aurea, Catherine, Eucharia and Angela

Lixnaw, Co Kerry

We are a community of six Sisters living in a little village called Lixnaw (Leac Snámha, swimming flagstones) in North Kerry. The first Presentation Sisters arrived here in 1877 at the invitation of the Bishop, a native, and who was very worried about the fierce faction fighting which had become a very negative feature of life in the area.  He hoped the Sisters would have a calming and good influence on the people.

As with all Presentation Sisters and new foundations, school began the day after arrival with 50 children.

This commitment to education continued down the years at primary level and eventually secondary level with Lixnaw gaining a reputation of offering the best and most well-rounded education in the north Kerry area. Students came from far and wide.

The Sisters who joined the community came not just from local families but from as far away as Waterford, Dublin, Tipperary and Limerick, all bringing with them many gifts in the areas of learning including art, music and languages.

The following is a little note on one of the founding Sisters:

DEATH OF A NOTEWORTHY IRISH NUN.
The Sacred Heart Review, Number 5, 18 July 1914
In the Convent of the remote little village of Lixnaw, in the County of Kerry, there has just passed to her reward (says the Dublin Freeman) one of the most remarkable nuns in Ireland, and known in religion as Mother Mary Dympna. The Lixnaw Convent is well-known to Gaelic Ireland. Few, if any, convents in the country have done so much for the Irish language and for Irish history.

You can read more on the web link – https://northkerry.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/some-kerry-people-early-1900s/https://northkerry.wordpress.com/2015/10/22/some-kerry-people-early-1900s/

More recently in 1975 the Sisters were responsible for offering the first school for special children in North Kerry. The Nano Nagle school which later moved to Listowel.

Presently we are all on the retired list and no longer directly involved in the local schools – but a lovely link is preserved, with the school children celebrating November 21 with a lively and creative Mass, which always includes a little drama on the life of Nano.

As a community we continue our outreach to the local people, and further afield, in many ways.   Pre Covid, Sisters were involved in the local Active Retirement group.  Vincent the Paul. Prayer Ministry in the Church, including the choir, and with small prayer groups during Advent and Lent. Sisters travelled to Tralee to offer their service in the St. John of God centre, and the local Asylum outreach.  One Sister was involved with Leadership roles in Tralee and Dingle.

This summary of Sisters involvement in daily life in no way takes in the constant interaction with so many who contact us through visits, letters, phone emails etc. And more recently the magical Zoom meetings!

What is happening in the family lives of the Sisters, and in the local community is shared and those who are struggling in any way are carried in our prayer.

Many people contact us to ask for prayers for their loved ones, and a list is kept of these requests and is remembered each day as we gather for prayer.

We had the lovely experience recently of one man who had recovered from serious illness coming to the door with a box of chocolates.  His sister had asked for prayers and told him we were praying for him.

When the Sisters first came to Lixnaw a local land owner gave them a gift of 25 acres of bog. This was a very precious gift – it meant the Sisters always had turf for heat and cooking and rent from others who also saved turf in this bog.  When asked by Leadership to allow the bog to go fallow and no longer ‘cut’ it for the sake of good climate action – it was not an easy decision to say yes. This decision not only affected the Sisters but also many neighbours – but the Sisters worked hard at bringing all on board and are now very proud of the results.  It is hoped to continue to develop this bog area and open it to the public for their enjoyment. You can read more about this project in the following link – https://www.ecocongregationireland.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Lixnaw-Bog-November-2018.pdf

The reality of ageing and all that it brings with it is very much with us – but it does not define us as a group.  Sr Ailbe who at 93 is our elder Sister has been in Lixnaw over 70 years and is our go to person when we need to know who is related to whom! She is in constant contact with past pupils through visiting and letters. All the rest of us have had varied life experiences in different parts of Ireland and the World before finding our home in Lixnaw.

Finally the Presentation charism of hospitality is very important to us – so come visit and stay awhile and discover this beautiful Kingdom of Kerry but especially Lixnaw.

 

 

 

Convent, Church and School in Lixnaw.

Convent, Church and School in Lixnaw.

A Wall Plaque unveiled in 1977

A Wall Plaque unveiled in 1977

Lixnaw Community - Ailbe is seated in front then from left to right; Dorothy, Mary, Kyran, Úna and Evelyn.

Lixnaw Community - Ailbe is seated in front then from left to right; Dorothy, Mary, Kyran, Úna and Evelyn.

Ballyphehane, Cork

In front: Sr Claire Sheehan; 2nd Row L to R: Sr Margaret Coleman (Non-resident Leader), Sr Marie Fox, Sr. Patricia O’Shea (Non-resident Leader); 3rd Row L to R: Sr Jennie Clifford, Sr Margaret Mary Galvin Back Row L to R: Sr M. Annunciata Forde, Sr Maeve O’Sullivan

Sr M Annunciata Forde: Various duties within the Community; involvement in Scripture Group which meets in the convent each week; Associates / Friends of Nano; involvement in St Joseph’s Young Priests’Society; Prison Visitation with St Vincent de Paul; taking Holy Communion to house-bound in the Parish; visitation of Nursing Home.

Sr Claire Sheehan: In a nursing home – prayer

Sr Margaret Mary Galvin: Parish ministry; Rosary Groups; Minister of the Word in Parish Church; involvement in Scripture Group with lay people which meets in the convent each week; visitation of house-bound / semi-invalids; member of Ecumenical Prayer Group “Maranatha” (British); visitation of Nursing Home.

Sr Maeve O’Sullivan: Various duties within the Community; hospitality to those who come to stay in this convent; visitation of Nursing Home; prayer.

Sr Marie Fox: Within the Community House: Maintenance; grocery shopping; petty cash. Outside the Community House: teaching English and Maths to Non-Irish children in Togher Girls’ Primary School (involved there as a volunteer for 12 years); Minister of the Word in Parish Church; visitation of Nursing Home

Sr Jennie Clifford: Various duties within the Community: a member of the coordinating group of Global Education Experience Project; Formation Work; teaching English to non-Irish student in Secondary School; member of the Board of Management of Secondary School; Spiritual Direction; member of Advisory Group of SHEP (Social and Health Education Project)/ EARTH AWARE, Nursing home visits.