As the number of vocations continues to fall Ursuline nuns offer young women the chance to experience life in a religious order.

The Ursuline nuns in Blackrock in County Cork are opening up their convent to give three young women a taste of life as a nun in an effort to counter plunging vocations.

Three young women will enter the convent for a one week course to find out more about religious life.

Sister Jean Browne says that the programme is a support programme for any woman thinking about entering religious life. The women will have an opportunity to join the religious community.

Designed to open up new possibilities for women.

Sister Jean explains that as the programme is part of a support for young women contemplating religious life, it will not be highly regimented and they will be given space to reflect.

Most of the 12 nuns living at the convent are retired. Sister Mary Hourigan describes some of the welcome changes that have taken place during her lifetime as a nun.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 June 2006. The reporter is Áine Gallagher.