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Steal a kiss at Nano Nagle Place

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 6:03pm

It's the first Christmas at the iconic Cork landmark, Nano Nagle Place.

Given the history of the building, where generations of Cork children have been educated since the 1750s, the heritage museum has decided to explore what Christmas was like in the past.

The museum said: “Today we decorate our houses by bringing in a fir tree, but this tradition is Victorian, made popular by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. In the eighteenth century, Christmas decorating took place on Christmas Eve when people would ‘deck the halls’ with fresh evergreens like holly and ivy, draping them over mantle pieces, paintings and bannisters. They would also create pretty boughs of greenery which they would hang from the ceiling. The ‘kissing bough’ had a special addition of mistletoe, which would be further prettified with apples and ribbons.”

As part of the celebration of ‘Keeping of Christmas in eighteenth century Cork’, Nano Nagle Place has teamed up with Cork Flower Studio to fashion a giant kissing bough that will hang every day outside the entrance on Douglas Street. The museum is inviting everyone in Cork to come and ‘steal a kiss’ under the kissing bough, take a photo and share it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #KissmasCork. The picture with the most likes and shares by 21 December will win a super Chrismasssy Experience on 23 December.

The winner will enjoy festive afternoon tea for two at Cork’s Imperial Hotel on the South Mall, including gingerbread candy canes with a salted caramel dipping sauce; Christmas baubles with raspberry marshmallow and pistachio biscuit coated in chocolate; Christmas pudding made with chocolate and Baileys brownie, topped with white chocolate and turkey and cranberry sandwiches.

Afterwards, the winner will go a €50 shopping spree in the gift and design shop at Nano Nagle Place. The winner and a friend can then round off the day with the Baroque Christmas with Ensemble Dagda in the Goldie Chapel at Nano Nagle Place so get snapping...and kissing!

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