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 or call 056 7722893

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

Positive Living Workshops with Breda Gardner.



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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 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 to reserve a place.

Rothe House Garden Day – 13th June 2015

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Join us on Saturday June 13th between 10am and 6pm for the annual plant sale and garden day.  Throughout the day will be a large range of plants for sale, all of which have been propagated, tended to and grown by our very own gardener using seeds and cuttings from the restored 16th century garden.

Also on the day there will be a number of craft and food stalls selling locally made goods and produce!  With free admission to both the plant and craft sale it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up some bargains, gifts, novelties or some freshly produced food and at the same time have a stroll in the garden before taking a wander of the houses and courtyards!

There will also be a children’s workshop, talks and a seminar, the details of which are listed below:


Children’s Summer Sun Workshop – June 13th – 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Get your little rays of sunshine set for yet another of our sell out workshops!  For kids aged 5 to 11 years this summer themed two hour class will have them celebrating all things summer and creating little masterpieces of their own to take home with them.

Places cost €8 per child and pre-payment is essential as places are limited, contact reception at 056 77 22 893 or email at


A Veggie Garden in Containers – Dee Sewell.  June 13th – 11am to 12pm.

Dropped the kids into the workshop, or hoping to take on growing your very own vegtables but have limited space? Then this workshop is for you!  Dee Sewell of Greenside Up will hold a workshop that teaches you the basic skills of growing and maintaining vegetables in limited space without the use of chemicals!

Admission to this workshop is €5pp.


A Holistic Garden – Seminar with Fiann O’Nuallain. June 13th – 2 to 3pm.

Fiann, who is a best selling author, presenter, award winning gardener, health journalist, outreach horticulturalist and ethnobotanist will give a one hour seminar on the topic of holistic gardening.  It promises to be a very interesting talk and not one to be missed.  Any questions or queries that you may have on the topic will be addressed by Fiann.

Admission for this seminar is €5pp.


The Rothe Family Garden – talk and tour with Coilín O’Drisceoil and Mary Pyke. June 13th – 3.30 to 4.40pm 

Avail of an indepth talk and tour through the restored late Tudor period garden with Coilín of Kilkenny Archaeology and Mary, resident gardener at Rothe House.

Ever wonder why the garden was laided out in the manner it is? What was discovered during archaeological digs in 2007 and what does this tell us about the Rothes? How and why were the current plants chosen and what was their important in Tudor times?!  Take part in the talk and tour and find out.

Admission to this talk & tour is €5pp.

Free Entry to Rothe House Garden?!

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Rothe House’s Garden is a magnificently restored late Tudor garden in the heart of Kilkenny City, although, it is hard to believe you are in the midst of the city while strolling amoung the period plants, trees, herbs and flowers; not to mention the resident ducks! Why not avail of free entry to this oasis?!  For the months of April and May, in conjunction with The Little Green Grocer, 6 Parliament Street, we are offering those whom present a hot drinks cup or sandwich wrapping bearing the logo of The Little Green Grocer free admission to the garden!

Alternatively, why not avail of a yearly garden pass which allows unlimited access to the garden for a year! A perfect place to spend your lunch breaks or drop into while in town.  For more information drop into us at reception or contact us on 056 77 22 893 or by email at 

Medieval Week 2015 – 17th to 26th April



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It’s that time of year once more when Kilkenny celebrates all things medieval and locals and visitors alike are treated to an array of medieval themed events, talks, fun and games for all ages and levels of interest taking place in city and county.

Rothe House & Garden with its rich history dating back to the late medieval
period and earlier will be hosting a number of events for the celebrations kicking off on Saturday the 17th April with a Medieval Games day in the garden!  For more information on events see the listings below:


Date/Time: Saturday 18th April – 11am to 4pm  

Event: The Medieval Games at Rothe House & Garden

Join us for a day of medieval fun and games at Rothe House & Garden.  Experience the majesty of European and Japanese archery or why not challenge the chess masters at their own game! Try on some medieval armour, learn how to play medieval games such as pitch & toss, queek, hopscotch and much more.  

Admission: Entry to the house and garden is free for the day although donations are requested for individual events.

Date/Time: 17th-26th – 3pm

Event: Guided tour of Rothe House

Visitors can avail of an indepth guided tour of Rothe House & Garden at no additional cost.  The tour lasting 45mins – 1 hour will flesh out the nuances and stories of the fabric of Rothe House & Garden.

Admission: €5.50 (concession rate of €4.50) Group of 10 or more €3.50pp and
must be booked in advance.

Date/Time: Saturday 18th April – 10.30am to 12.30pm
Event: Children’s Craft Workshop

A medieval themed children’s workshop for kids aged between 5 and 11.  The activity filled two hours allows the children to be creative and have fun with creating medieval themed works of art which can be brought home after.

Admission: €8 per child – pre booking essential.

Date/Time:  Friday 24th – 7p.m.
Event:  Survival in a Medieval Crisis – The Bruce Invasion and Black Death inmedieval Kilkenny; a talk by Finn Dwyer.

Based on research for his upcoming book on the Black Death, historian Fin Dwyer will recall a Kilkenny where life was a constant struggle for survival. This was a world where violence was endemic and starvation all too common. Witchcraft trails, violent feuds and social upheaval left the city and surrounding areas increasingly divided. Focusing on daily life in the period, this talk will look people how people reacted to these extraordinary events and how they changed Irish history.

Admission: €7 (€5 for members of Kilkenny Archaeological Society)

Date/Time: Friday 24th April – 5pm to 9pm
Event: The Rothe’s at Sunset

Take the opportunity to visit Rothe House & Garden through to sunset.  For one night only we will be open to visitors until 9pm; allowing you to experience our amazing townhouse, cobbled courtyards and garden as never before

Admission: Adults €5.50pp – Concession €4.50pp – Family €15


Make Your Own Natural Skincare Products at Rothe House!



On Saturday March 28th Denise O’Connell of MySkin will be holding a very special morning workshop in Rothe House, where you can create your own lip balms, facial serums and body butter. This fun, informative and creative workshop beginning at 10am lasts two and a half hours and at the end you can take home your beautiful handmade products worth €45 or avail of the opportunity to purchase home kits.

The workshop costs €45 and places are strictly limited so pre-booking is advised by calling into Rothe House & Garden reception on Parliament Street or calling 056 7722893

For more information on the course Denise can be contacted at: 087 1315947 or

Well Being at Rothe House & Garden

Over the coming months, Rothe House and Garden will become an oasis of calm, mindfulness and energy. Already, each Wednesday lunchtime in the setting of the stunning Tudor mansion, people have been taking part in half-hour Mindfulness sessions guided by Erica Balfour.

And now, from the 27th of January, Breda Gardner will offer a four-week course to help you get energised and make the most of 2015. The first two sessions are about energising your body and overcoming fatigue. Breda will guide the group in some gentle exercise to music, followed by a brief talk and some meditation. “People will come away feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and relaxed’, says Breda – a published author in the area of alternative wellbeing and a registered nurse.

Each evening will run from 8pm to 9.30pm in Rothe House and will cost €10 per session. Enquiries can be made to Rothe House, 056 7722893 or Proceeds will go towards the ongoing upkeep of Rothe House and Garden.


27th January – Energise your Body and Overcome Fatigue. Part 1

3rd February – Energise your Body and Overcome Fatigue. Part 2

10th February – The Power of The Now.

17th February – How Your Personality Type Effects Your Health