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Nano 300 Conference


Date: September 29, 2018


DCU, St. Patrick’s campus
Dublin 9

01 700 5000

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To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Nano Nagle, founder of the Presentation Sisters, the Catholic Historical Society of Ireland hosts this conference which examines Nano Nagel’s life and legacy in the context of Cork and Ireland during an era of the Penal Laws, and focuses on her pioneering contribution to female and religious life and education, her spirituality, her business acumen and ambitious building plan.

The conference, which is organised by the Catholic Historical Society of Ireland with the kind support of CEIST and Dublin City University, will take place on Saturday 29 September at Dublin City University – St Patrick’s campus, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.




  • 9.30am Registration [Fee €10 (cash only), excluding lunch]
  • 10.00am The hidden citizens: Nano Nagle’s Cork
    Professor David Dickson (Trinity College Dublin)
  • 10.30am ‘I kept my design a profound secret’: the nature and impact of the educational provisions of the Penal Laws
    Professor James Kelly (Dublin City University)
  • 11.15am Tea/Coffee
  • 11.30am ‘Like a pillar of fire’: Nano Nagle and the end of Ireland’s Penal winter
    Professor Dáire Keogh (Dublin City University)
  • 12.00 noon Laying foundations: Nano Nagle – builder and businesswoman
    Dr Gillian O’Brien (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • 12.45-2.00pm Lunch
  • 2.00pm ‘From social privilege to social practice’ – Nano Nagle and the mysticism of resistance
    Sr Anne O’Leary (Presentation Leadership Team)
  • 2.30pm Nano’s daughters: Presentation Sisters, religious life and female education, 1800-1900
    Professor Deirdre Raftery (University College Dublin)
  • 3.30pm Plenary Roundtable
  • 4.00pm Conclusion, Tea/Coffee


For further information email Professor Marian Lyons, Maynooth University, Conference Secretary, Catholic Historical Society of Ireland: Marian.lyons@mu.ie

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