Bunscoil Chríost Rí Dedicates Hall
Date: 11 Dec 2017
Venue: Bunscoil Chríost Rí, Cork
Bunscoil Chríost Rí, Presentation School commenced their celebrations of the Tercentenary of the birth of Nano Nagle with a rededication of the school hall to Venerable Nano following extensive renovation and refurbishment to prepare for the exciting celebratory events in 2018. New outside signage and lighting attests to Nano’s iconic acclaim in the school’s inner city location close to the mother house at Presentation Convent, Douglas Street.
Bunscoil Chríost Rí Primary School, Turner’s Cross, Cork was established in 2011 following the amalgamation of Scoil Chríost Rí Buachaillí and Christ King Girls, as the new co-educational establishment became the preferred model of the school community under the trusteeship of the Presentation Brothers Schools Trust. The school continues to develop and thrive while embracing the proud Presentation traditions of the former schools which were founded when the Presentation Brothers and Presentation Sisters were asked by Bishop Cohalan to establish primary schools in the emerging Turner’s Cross area in the late nineteen thirties.
The name of ‘Chríost Rí’ is renowned for its’ distinction in many academic, sporting, cultural and artistic areas while music and choral performance continue to be a source of great pride with the school’s choir being famed for excellence at choral festivals and competitions. Indeed the choir under its’ director, former teacher Mrs Anne Murphy, were the standout performers at a special concert to commence the re-dedication evening on December 6th last.
Invited guests, including Mr Jack O’Sullivan, Chairman, Presentation Brothers Schools Trust, members of the Presentation Brothers Leadership Team, local Presentation communities, staff and parents assembled in the new Nano Nagle Hall for a blessing ceremony by parish priest, Fr. Billy O’Sullivan. All were then addressed by guest of honour, Professor Padraig G Ó Sé, President of University College, Cork, who had been a pupil of the school in the nineteen sixties.
He recalled his fond memories of concerts on the stage that he had now returned to after several prestigious academic positions at universities throughout the United States. He highlighted the importance and significance of the Presentation traditions which have a distinct charismatic role in our educational system.
The school is now ready to embark on an ambitious development project to unite the former girl’s and boy’s school buildings with a modern designed link corridor and entrance while incorporating a new play area and sensory garden. Funding has been secured to commence works early in 2018 with completion later in the year.