Heritage Week Apple Pressing

heritage week banner resHeritage Week is Ireland’s annual celebration of our built, natural and cultural heritage. This year it takes place from the 20th to the 28th of August. There is something for everyone to enjoy; exhibitions, activities, talks, demonstrations, tours and more. Check out what’s happening near you by clicking here.

In cooperation with Future Proof Kilkenny and the Kilkenny Fruit Tree Project, Rothe House and Garden are holding an Apple Pressing on Wednesday 24th August from 12pm to 3pm. We will be demonstrating how to create apple juice the traditional way using a cross-bar hand-operated press. Everyone is invited to bring their own apples and containers and our volunteers will happily turn them into fresh, delicious fruit juice. Entry to the garden will be through the gate on New Building Lane and will be free of charge for the duration. Why not take the opportunity to visit our Tudor walled garden and chat with our gardener? You’ll get to see how we grow vegetables, herbs and fruit including our fine selection of Irish heritage apple trees. For more information on apple pressing events this autumn follow @apple_pressing

We have three other ‘top picks’ from the Kilkenny Heritage Week Event Guide that shouldn’t be missed:

Kilkenny Book Fair Saturday 20th 11am – 5.30pm, Club House Hotel, Patrick Street. A mecca for the collector with booksellers from all over Ireland exhibiting. Book lovers welcome!

The Black Death in Ireland Tuesday 23rd 7pm, Castlecomer Library. A book launch and talk by author and broadcaster Finbar Dwyer.

Walking Tour of Parliament Street Wednesday 24th 7pm, meeting at the carpark by the old Mayfair Building. A guided walking tour along this most historic street will be lead by President of Kilkenny Archaeological Society, Seamus Brennan.

May in the Garden

may bannerWith the weather turning noticeably milder you might be tempted to turn your attention to the garden, but are you at a loss for where to start or what to do?  We asked our resident gardener, Mary, for a few tips for what you should be doing in the garden for the month of May!

  • Sow Swedes, beetroot, carrots, peas, lettuce and spring onions but direct sow frost tender veg.
  • From the middle of the month onward plant bedding plants.  Tender plants can also be planted out.
  • Ensure newly planted fruit trees have been watered if there are minimal amounts of rain.
  • Clip beech, hornbeam, box, thuja and Leyland hedges later in the month.
  • Support perennials, clear spring flowering plants and prepare the ground for replanting.

We hope these tips have been useful and we welcome any gardening questions or queries that you might have!

If you’re looking to stock up on some unique plants then why not drop into our plant sale on May 28th here in Rothe House & Garden.  There will be a wide variety of plants on sale; including many perenials as mentioned above, all grown and tended to by our gardener.  There will also be free admission to the house on the day or why not avail of one of three guided tours at 11am, 1pm or 3pm. We hope you can make it.

Lunchtime Yoga at Rothe House


Starting on Thursday 5th of May we will be offering a four-week course of beginners’ yoga at Rothe House between 1.10pm and 1.50pm – perfect for your lunch break. You will be instructed by the wonderful Jenny Dillon who has been practicing yoga for 4 years. Jenny  also works as a chartered physiotherapist and really understands the endless benefits yoga offers health and well being. It’s just €10 per session or €32 for all four. We ask that you bring your own may and give us a call on 056 7722893 to book your place.


Schools programme

School pupils who visit us at Rothe House and Garden are guaranteed to have fun as well as learn.

With staff in character and costume, children will have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating Rothe Family and life in Renaissance Kilkenny as they wander through the rooms, courtyards and gardens.

Pupils will get to dress up in costume themselves and feel what it was like to be ladies and gentlemen of various occupations in Medieval and Renaissance Kilkenny.

Schools Visit

Our garden provides a wonderful opportunity for pupils to learn about horticulture – hands on! The sights, smells and tastes of our garden are the perfect way for children to appreciate the seasons and how they affect what was available to eat in the 17th century.

The tour is structured to enable pupils to gather information and satisfy curiosity as we know they come to interact, not just to listen.  It is designed to complement the Social, Environmental and Scientific Education strand of the National School Curriculum.

We can accommodate a maximum of 35 pupils per session. Each session will last 2-2.5 hours.

We provide stationery and other materials for completing worksheets – please click here to see an example of our primary school worksheet. There are bathroom and cloakroom facilities available. There are no refreshments provided, but there are many shops and cafes nearby.

School visits need to be booked 1 month in advance and will cost €2.50 per pupil. Please click here to make a booking/enquiry.

Rothe House 50th Anniversary programme.

Rothe House was first opened to the public on the 17th of April 1966.

As part of our golden jubilee celebrations, we are holding a gala screening of a new documentary concerning the life of Kilkenny’s own Hubert Butler.

Refreshments will be served on arrival. The film will then be introduced by the film maker and followed by a discussion with special guests.


Saturday 16th April, Set Theatre.

Red carpet reception 7pm

Screening 7.30pm

Tickets are €25 and are available from Rothe House and Langton’s

We would greatly appreciate your support and hope you can join us for this very special evening.


On Sunday the 17th April our open day will include an exhibition of photographs of Rothe House and its reconstruction in the early to mid 1960’s.  The exhibition will be launched at 3pm, but visitors are asked to drop in anytime between 12pm and 5pm.

We very much look forward to seeing you!

For further information or details contact us on 056 7722893 or by email at reception@rothehouse.com




Job Vacancy


Would you like to join our team? We are inviting applications for the role of LTI Project Coordinator and would love to hear from you.

Take a look at the details here: LTI Project Coordinator Feb 2016

Regina Sexton: Renaissance Food & Drink at Rothe House


Regina Sexton is a food historian, food writer, broadcaster and cook. She has been researching and publishing on the subject of Irish food and culinary history since 1993. Her research interests include food and identity, food and tradition and food in the Irish country house.

Regina will give a talk about the typical foods of Kilkenny and the southeast in the 16th & 17th Centuries, when this magnificent townhouse and garden were constructed by merchant, John Rothe Fitz-Piers.

The food history talk will be followed by a Bread and Butter Making demonstration with Joe Mulhall, The Little Mill Company, Anne Neary, Ryeland House and Breda McDonald ICA. (6pm)

Date: Sunday 25th October
Time: 5pm
Venue: Rothe House
Admission: €15
To Book: email info@rothehouse.com or call 056 7722893

For further details of events happening during the festival click here.

Positive Living Workshops with Breda Gardner.



9 may 14


Positive Living Talks

Breda Gardner will be running her latest series of positive living talks inspired by and based on the wonderful teachings of Dr Wayne Dyer.  Each workshop will include a handout and some gentle exercise to music, plus a brief talk and a meditation. You will come away feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and relaxed!  You can come to one or all of the talks, and they’ll help you get energised and get you back on track in your life!  Full details below.

Each evening runs from 8pm to 9.30pm, and costs €10 per session.  The Kilkenny talks take place herein Rothe House, Parliament St, Kilkenny, with proceeds shared with Rothe House.  Places are limited, so please call Breda on 087 2025753 or send an email to breda@bredagardner.com to reserve your place.

Tues 6 Oct  – The meaning of omnipresent intention / Living in the now

Tues 13 Oct  – Connection to intention: how to find your inner purpose

Tues 20 Oct – Obstacles to connecting to intention / Finding inner peace

Tues 27 Oct – Intention & Infinity

Tues 3 Nov Oct -Wayne Dyer’s 10 secrets for success & inner peace (Part 1)

Tues 10 Nov Oct -Wayne Dyer’s 10 secrets for success & inner peace (Part 2

Kilkenny FREE Day 2015


On Saturday, October 10th, Rothe House & Garden will be participating in Kilkenny Free Day with two FREE guided tours through the late Tudor period town house and garden at 1pm and 3pm. The tours will finish up in the garden where costumed guides will give an experience of a Tudor garden.  Places are limited for the tours so make sure you drop into reception early.

Later that day, at 4pm, there will be a free talk titled ‘Dig for Mental Health’ on the benefits of gardening and community allotments for mental health.  The talk, given by garden writer and designer Shirley Lanigan will be accompanied by a performance by the High Hopes Choir and there will be refreshments served.

All are invited to attend and we hope to see you on the day!

Children’s Summer Camps in Rothe House & Garden!

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From the 20th to 24th of July and the 17th to 21st August we’ll be holding two fun and activity filled children’s summer camps!

Owing to the success of our children’s workshops we figured we’d create a longer, more enjoyable experience for the little ones this summer with arts & crafts, fun, games and gardening.

Places cost just €80 per child for each of the camps and we expect places will fill quick. So make sure you drop into reception on Parliament Street, phone us on 056 7722893 or email reception@rothehouse.com to reserve a place.