The Presentation community in Clonmel are celebrating 200 years of Presentation education in the town this year.
A Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Bishop William Lee, took place on Friday, October 4 in St Mary’s Church, Irishtown.
The location was very fitting, because this is where the story started on October 2 1813 when the first three Presentation Sisters came to Clonmel. They took up residence in a house beside the church and a long tradition of Presentation education has continued since in the town.
Bishop Lee paid tribute to the Presentation sisters for their unselfish work in Clonmel for the last 200 years and he thanked the lay staff members of the schools for keeping the rich heritage of Presentation education alive. A packed church listened to the beautiful music of both school choirs under the direction of Ms Alley, Ms Williams and Ms Conway.
Sr.Imelda Carew, Provincial Leader of the south east province and Sr.Marie Stella Mangan, Leader of the local community, on behalf of the Presentation Sisters, paid tribute to everyone who has kept the light of Nano Nagle alive in the local community.
This mass marked the beginning of a series of events to celebrate the bicentenary year. On Presentation day, November 21, a student concert will be held in the schools. On January 6 a commemorative stone will be unveiled on the Presentation grounds as the first school was opened on that date 200 years ago. On March 13 an historical exhibition will open in the County Museum in Clonmel in association with the launch of a book celebrating the history of Presentation education in Clonmel. In May a musical recital by Michael O’Sulleabhain will be held in the museum to mark the end of the exhibition.