The first biographical study of Nano Nagle, the foundress of the Presentation order of nuns, that positions her within Irish social history, and assesses her vast international legacy. Nano Nagle: The Life and the Legacy draws on archival materials from three continents, providing a compelling account of how one woman’s extraordinary life challenged social constraints and championed social justice and equality.
Leading education historian, Deirdre Raftery, has produced not only a vital new biographical study of an exceptional Irish woman, but also a study of how thousands of Irish women joined the Presentation order of nuns and taught in their schools all over the world. Within that is the story of the Irish female diaspora in Newfoundland, India, North America, England, Australia, Africa and the Philippines.
Nano Nagle: The Life and the Legacy throws opens a new window on an unknown aspect of Irish social history, while also demonstrating Ireland’s significant contribution to the global history of female education.
Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgements
Sources and referencing system
- Finding Nano: Researching an Enigmatic Irishwoman and Her Legacy
- Nano Nagle: Her Life and Times
- Founding and Funding: The Establishment of a Network of Irish Convents
- The Presentations in Newfoundland: The First Foundation Outside Ireland
- Presentation Education: Pupils and Pedagogy in the Nineteenth Century
- Schools for the Starving: Presentation Education Before and After the Great Famine
- The Presentation Sisters and Education in England
- The Presentation Sisters and Second-level Education in Ireland
- ‘Service to the kingdom’: Expansion in Britain
- The Global Reach of Presentation Education
About the Author
Deirdre Raftery is Professor of the history of education, at the School of Education, University College Dublin. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and has held visiting fellowships at several universities, including the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. A Fulbright Alumna, Deirdre has eleven book publications and has contributed to television and radio documentaries in Ireland and the UK. Her work on the history of women religious has won several awards (Irish Research Council; Ireland-Canada University Foundation; University of Notre Dame Hibernian Award).
Catriona Delaney is a graduate of the University of Limerick, where she completed her PhD at the Department of History. She is currently the Nano Nagle Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Education, University College Dublin. Catriona has written for scholarly journals including History of Education, Irish Educational Studies, and Irish Studies Review, and has presented at international conferences in Germany, Scotland and England.
Catherine Nowlan-Roebuck completed her PhD in the history of education at University College Dublin, which examined the involvement of the Presentation Sisters Irish education in the nineteenth century. She has contributed articles to publications such as History of Education, and chapters in books including Education, Identity and Women Religious, 1800-1950, edited by Deirdre Raftery and Elizabeth M. Smyth (2016) and Nano Nagle and An Evolving Charism edited by Bernadette Flannigan, Mary T. O’Brien and Anne M. O’Leary (2017).