Nano Nagle College, Farranree

Mission Statement

The Management staff, parents and pupils of Nano Nagle College work in partnership to provide a caring environment in which:

  • Catholic Christian values are fostered and nurtured.
  • Each pupil can develop all her abilities and creative gifts.
  • Each student can achieve her full academic potential.
  • Students and staff can feel secure, happy and valued.
  • Self-esteem and respect for the diginity of the individual is promoted.
  • Efforts to maintain and develop links with the wider community are actively encouraged.

School History

Nano Nagle College is a co-educational secondary school located in Farranree, a suburb in the north side of Cork city.

The Secondary School was originally situated in Gerald Griffin Street, Cork but, due to lack of space in this location a new school was built in Farranree in 1969.

The school in Gerald Griffin Street dates back to 1813 when the Presentation Sisters founded a Convent there. Gerald Griffin Street was originally known as Mallow Lane and it is reported that over a thousand children enrolled when the school was first founded there. In 1938 a “Secondary Top” was added to the North Presentation Secondary School in Gerald Griffin Street.

This meant that when students finished Primary School, they could continue with their education up to Intermediate Certificate Level.

The Teachers were National Teachers and the school was still under the Primary Branch of the Department of Education.

In 1960 the school became a full Secondary School under the Principal, Sr. Margaret Mary Galvin (Sr. Mairead). This school remained on Gerald Griffin Street up to the late 1960s. Due to the volume of students continuing on to second-level education, a new school had to be built in the large catchment area of Farranree. The Presentation Sisters had already established a Convent and girls Primary School on this site. Again, due to increasing numbers an extension had to be added to the existing secondary school building in Farranree. The official opening of the extension took place on March 24, 1986. Today, Presentation Secondary School, Farranree is fully opened to meet the demands of a modern and progressive education for the girls of the surrounding areas.

In 2023, North Presentation Secondary School became known as Nano Nagle College, a co-educational school with new T4 subjects and new ASD classes. Following in the footsteps of Nano we continue to respond to the changing needs of our community.