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The Cosmic Walk - Ballygriffin (courtesy of Nano Nagle Birthplace)

Pilgrimage Walk – Slí Nano

This pilgrimage on Saturday 19th May, 2018  is a wonderful opportunity to visit Nano Nagle’s Birthplace (Ballygriffin) and surrounding areas, rich in history, heritage and natural beauty.

An historic occasion, celebrating the tercentenary of Nano’s birth (1718), this event provides an opportunity to meet people and create memories while walking the ways of the young Nano, visiting local sites that marked her life journey.  Nano Nagle is foundress of the Presentation Congregation; she was a pioneer and social activist, providing Catholic education  (including education for girls) when it did not exist in Ireland, due to the penal laws.  In 2000, she was named ‘Irish Woman of the Millennium’, and in 2013 she was declared Venerable by Pope Francis.  Nano’s legacy speaks to people of all ages and all times.

Along the pilgrimage, we will visit a number of stations of interest including Nano’s homestead through which flows the beautiful River Blackwater; the baptismal font where tradition holds Nano was baptised into the Catholic faith and the site of the hedge school where she likely got her early education. For those pilgrims who wish to journey further, there is the opportunity of a longer, more robust walk immersed in nature and the panoramic views from the Nagle Mountains.

You can Register for the Pilgrimage Walk on the  Nano Nagle Birthplace Website  or for further information email: slinanopilgrimage@gmail.com

Both walks start from the Car Park, Nano Nagle Birthplace, Ballygriffin, Killavullen, Mallow; P51 CV91.

  • 10.30am Assembly and Welcome in Car Park
  • 11.00am Mountain Walk: Includes Nagle Mountains – this is an 8km, strenuous walk
  • 11.15am River Walk: This 4.4km walk, requires a moderate level of fitness and there are some uneven ground and steps.

Refreshments available in Killavullen Community Hall at end of walks


Participants must:

  • Have wind and waterproof clothing & wear suitable footwear.
  • Bring a bottle of water.
  • Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Neither walk is suitable for buggies.

Participation in both walks is free of charge. Both walks are guided with stewards.

Additional information on Nano Nagle’s Birthplace and  their Events Brochure for 2018  can be accessed  HERE

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