Judie Chalmers as Nano Nagle and Dr Danielle O’Donovan, Programme Manager Nano Nagle Place reviving some 18th century games, all part of the Day of Play for the first day of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival last year. Photo: Clare Keogh

Nano’s gets global nod

Nano Nagle Place has been listed as one of the top things to look forward to in 2022 by one of the world’s biggest travel industry platforms.

Travel Weekly, a B2B (business to business) travel industry and news resource listed the famous former convent in the city centre along with a selection of other top attraction in European cities.

Also mentioned was Cork’s contemporary street art project Ardú and its seven new installations created by some of the country's top contemporary artists which are now available via a self-guided audio walking tour. Nano Nagle’s inclusion in the list follows comes shortly after it was awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2021.

Responding to the good news, Shane Clarke, CEO at Nano Nagle Place said: “We are over the moon to be included in this prestigious list of European attractions following on from recently being awarded The Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2021.

“We are looking forward to welcoming even more visitors to our wonderful city centre location in the historic heart of the city. We are also very happy that the Ardú Street Art project was included, as they too have had an enormous impact on peoples’ enjoyment of Cork city.” Ardú arrived in Cork in October 2020 and immediately injected a burst of colour, vibrancy and life into a city brought to a standstill by lockdown. The initiative’s aim was to unite the community through art and to lift its creative and community spirit at a time when it needed it most.

Shane O’Driscoll, artist, designer and co-organiser of Ardú said: “To be mentioned as a European highlight is a massive testament to everything the team and artists have done in brightening up Cork city. We have been very fortunate to be supported by local authorities and business alike, who also see the vision we have for the project. It really is a sum of everybody involved.

“To be listed on an American site as a European tourist attraction is beyond what we could hope for in spreading the word about what we do. We now have 11 murals as part of the Ardú project and look forward to bringing more creativity to Cork in the future.”

Ardú’s murals, created by some of Ireland’s most respected street artists, can be found at key city centre locations including Wandesford Quay, Henry Street, Kyle Street, Harley Street, Anglesea Street and Liberty Street.

To read the full Travel Weekly European Travel Insights – Things to Look forward to in Europe in 2022 list, visit travelweekly.com.