On Christmas Eve in 1775, Nano founded what was to become the Congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation by inviting Miss Mary Fouhy, Miss Elizabeth Bourke, and Miss Mary Ann Collins to join her in her apostolate to the poor. Her decision was timely, for Nano Nagle, worn out by her labors for the Irish people, died on April 26, 1784, with her beloved friends in the lanes and streets of Cork City mourning her passing. The following tribute appeared in the Hibernian Chronicle on Monday, April 26, 1784:
Yet her memory and her work continue to live on. Nano Nagle's birthplace at Ballygriffin, County Cork, has been developed by the Presentation Sisters into a Center in her memory. People from many places visit the Center, where an annual Mass is celebrated in her honor. Prayers are regularly offered there for the beatification of a valiant woman who roamed the nearby fields as a child, puddled in the River Blackwater, and wondered what lay beyond the Nagle Mountains across the way.
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1920 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
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