Nano Nagle Place

Nano Nagle Place, Cork, Ireland

With great joy, the European Museum Forum shares the decision by the CoE on the 2022 Winner of the Council of Europe Museum Prize.

Selected by the Culture Committee, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) meeting today, 3 December 2021, the Nano Nagle Place (Cork, Ireland) wins the prize.

Being an important part of the European Museum of the Year Award scheme, the Council of Europe Museum Prize is awarded to a museum which puts particular emphasis on European perspectives and the interplay between local and European identities, on a commitment to and presentation of key values of democracy, human rights, inter-cultural dialogue, of bridging cultures and overcoming social and political borders. For more information on the Council of Europe Museum Prize please visit the Awards section of our website.

The 2022 winners in other categories will be announced on the last day of the EMYA2022 Annual Conference and Award Ceremony that will take place in Tartu, Estonia from 4 to 7 May 2022. More information on the EMYA2022 Annual Conference and Award Ceremony can be found here.

You can read below the full announcement by the Council of Europe.

Museum Building © Nano Nagle Place


Cork Jazz Festival in the Goldie Chapel


03/12/2021 Culture, Science, Education and Media

The 2021 Council of Europe Museum Prize has been awarded to Nano Nagle Place (Cork, Ireland). The museum was selected by the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) meeting today.

Nano Nagle Place not only commemorates the educational and religious work of Nano Nagle, who founded a school for the Catholic poor in Cork at a time when it was illegal, but equally it continues the same mission to provide support and care for people in need. The charity which runs the museum continues the order’s educational and spiritual work through the Cork Migrant Centre, providing services for asylum seekers and refugees, and the Lantern, which runs community education and development services.

According to committee representative for the Museum Prize, Roberto Rampi (Italy, SOC), “despite being rooted in the specific religious tradition of Roman Catholicism, with nuns still living on the site, there is a strong sense of caring based on need, not on doctrine. Nano Nagle Place has a very strong and coherent mission which is in line with the Council of Europe’s human rights values and principles”.

The Council of Europe Museum Prize has been awarded annually since 1977 to a museum judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding of European cultural heritage, the promotion of respect for human rights and democracy, bridging cultures, overcoming social and political borders, broadening visitors' knowledge and understanding of contemporary societal issues and exploring ideas of democratic citizenship.

The prize forms part of the European Museum of the Year Awards. Recent winners of the prize include the Gulag History Museum in Moscow (2021), the National Museum of Secret Surveillance “House of Leaves” in Tirana (2020) and the Museum of Communication in Bern (2019).


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Collaborations with the Cork Migrant Centre @ Nano Nagle Place

Summer Exhibition 2019 @ Nano Nagle Place

Hoop Rolling @ Nano Nagle Place