Open Day at Rothe House & Garden – October 11th

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Discover more about Rothe House & Garden, Kilkenny on St. Canice’s Day

Have you ever wondered just what goes on in Rothe House & Garden on Parliament Street?  Now’s your chance to find out, on Saturday 11th October, when the good people of Rothe House are running an Open Day.  Running from 11 am to 4.30 pm there will be plenty of opportunity to drop in and see for yourself.


Did you know:

  • Rothe House offers a range of Children’s workshops throughout the year?


  • The House is owned by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society?


  • There’s a FETAC Level 5 full time course on offer: Business Studies, in conjunction with Waterford and Wexford ETB (places still available for 2014/2015)?


  • The Kilkenny Archaeological Society opens its library to the public three times a week?


  • The Society runs a programme of lectures and outings throughout the year, open to non members?


  • There are over 2,500 artefacts in the Society’s collection?


  • The garden is a reconstruction of the 17th century garden laid out by John Rothe Fitzpiers in the early 1600s?


  • 5 ducks live in the garden – Jemima, Rosie, Maisie, Gertrude and Mildred?


  • The House is the only complete urban house of its type and period in the country?


  • A Conservation Plan was put in place in 2002, and is now almost complete?


  • Most of the work undertaken at Rothe House over the past 50 years has been achieved by volunteers?



Find out more about all of this, by visiting Rothe House & Garden on Saturday 11th October.  Activities will include butter making, apple pressing and a taster for the Children’s workshops. There will also be the opportunity to dress up in costume and take your photograph! Or better still, put someone in the Stocks for a while.

Cara O’Doherty, from the Barn Own Players, will be in the House for the day, and will present a 10 minute play about Kilkenny in the 17th century – the historical period that Rothe House represents.

Admission is free to all during these times – so drop in and see for yourself what happens behind the gate at Rothe House & Garden.

This is a fundraising event for the Renaissance Project.  Donations on the day will be very welcome.


For more details, contact Roisin McQuillan on 086 3415626, email

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