Members of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society broadcast short pieces on Kilkenny history on local radio stations.
Here is a collection of pieces relating to Rothe House and its history. You can use these as a supplement for your self-guided tour.

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Paddy Neary talks about the history of the Kilkenny Museum and the role Kilkenny Archaeological Society played in it.

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all three houses & courtyards

Paddy Neary relates the background of the ten civic families who ruled Kilkenny from the 14th to 17th century. He points out where to find traces of them in Kilkenny today.

2nd courtyard and Kilkenny City
Tomb monuments in churches in Kilkenny

Peter McQuillan sheds light on the connection of Kilkenny with the Black Death in 1348.

1st house, Lanigan room

Paddy Neary tells you about the life of the Banim Brothers who went to school in Rothe House in the early 19th century. In their book “Fr. Connell”, they describe the predecessor of the spiral staircase in the 2nd house.

2nd house

Hear about Thomas MacDonagh, playwright, poet and revolutionary, who taught Irish in Rothe House. Read by Peter McQuillan.

2nd house (MacDonagh room)

Peter McQuillan relates the story of Freney the Robber, whose Blunderbuss is on display in the 2nd house.

2nd house, ground floor