- 6 years ago
The hour-long piece features extensive interviews with five of the nuns who live in the monastery on College Road, as well as a self-recorded “guided tour” - the first time ever a microphone has been behind the monastery walls. A portrait emerges of a community of women set apart from 21st century life - as most people know it – and of a little-known corner of Cork’s broad cultural heritage.
The Poor Clares monastery in Cork was founded in 1914 and has been an integral part of the local community around College Road, and Cork city in general, ever since. The community survives solely on donations and has done since its foundation. The order is enclosed, so that as well as vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, those joining also take a vow of enclosure. This means that the sisters agree to live their lives exclusively in the enclosed building and grounds of the monastery, in order to pursue a monastic, contemplative life.