Myles Dungan of RTE Radio 1 is joined by Deirdre Raftery, historian of education at University College Dublin, who along with Catriona Delaney and Catherine Nowlan-Roebuck, is the author of the recently published book Nano Nagle: The Life and the Legacy.
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Nano Nagle was born in Cork in 1718. As the founder of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she was a pioneer of Catholic education in Ireland.
But hers was a global vision, as she wrote to a friend in 1769: My schools are beginning to be of service to a great many parts of the world … If I could be of service in saving souls in any part of the globe I would be willing to do all in my power.
And those are words that would prove quite prophetic for Nano Nagle, as the order she founded would spread around the world. And that quote demonstrates the outward looking vision she had, a vision which was exceptional for a Cork woman in the 1780s.