Job Vacancy for Receptionist/Tour Guide

Rothe House and Gardens are looking to recruit an experienced and dynamic part time Receptionist/Tour Guide.

The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes: Excellent customer service and communication skills, a passion for Irish heritage and history, be a ‘People Person’. Be reliable, punctual, and personable.

Being fluent in either of the following languages Irish, French, German would be a distinct advantage. Tourism or touring experience would be an advantage but not essential.

The principal hours of work will be Friday and Saturday initially, with a willingness to work Monday to Sunday, if required.

Job Description:

  • Opening and closing of Rothe House & Garden
  • General reception duties: dealing with telephone and personal enquiries
  • Sales, stock ordering, pricing and display in shop
  • Conduct and reconcile end of month stock takes
  • Dealing with visitors to the Museum
  • Maintaining accounts records
  • Maintaining visitor number records
  • Co-ordination of Events
  • Dealing with Genealogical Enquiries
  • Assisting at Rothe House Functions
  • Providing secretarial service
  • Providing a Visitor Guide Service
  • Social media management
  • Providing support to the Executive Manager

Applications with cover letter and CV to Shortlisting will apply.

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Family History Course 2017

This nine week course on family history, directed by Mr Pat Nolan director of “Researching your own family’s history – a nine-week introductory course to methods and sources” has been running for more than twenty-five years. It is especially suitable for those who have often felt they would like to undertake their own family history but are not too sure where to start or how best to go about it. It will also be of great value to those who have ‘been at it for years’ but would welcome some guidance about sources and where they are to be found.

During the weeks of the course in the Kilkenny Archaeological Society’s headquarters, Rothe House, you become familiar with and comfortable in venues which some of our members can find intimidating. Each location tend to have their individual requirements and ‘rules of engagement. Once you have had an opportunity to become familiar with their methods of operation any such reluctance to visit them is soon dissipated – one of the many advantages offered by this long established programme.

This year’s course begins on Tuesday evening, October 3rd in Rothe House at 7.15 and continues until 9.30 – with a welcome break for tea/coffee and an informal, social chat at mid -point. Comprehensive notes and necessary materials are provided each evening. Details of the course are available in a brochure available to personal callers to Rothe House. It sets out the topics covered during each of the weekly sessions and also provides information on the optional all-day, fully conducted, field trip to Dublin at the conclusion of the programme.

Course fees are €125 and early booking is advised with enrolement to Rothe House on or before 2nd October 5.30pm. Spaces are of necessity limited and are provided on a first come first served basis. For booking and additional information please drop into Rothe House (phone 056 77 22 893) or contact Pat Nolan on 087 24 11 9 55.

Local History Group Meeting in Rothe House


The local history group meet once a month, usually the second Tuesday of the month in Rothe House. The main aim and reason for the group is to research and present items of local history.

After a member has researched an item, he/she will read their piece to the meeting. If the group is happy with the piece, it is then approved for recording and broadcasting in time by the City Radio Station.

The pieces are usually of four minutes duration, but we have had longer pieces and broadcast them over two slots.

Members of the local history group make good use of the Rothe House Library which contains a vast amount of books and local papers, a tremendous source of local history.

Any member of the Society is welcome to join the local history group on the second Tuesday and perhaps will create an interest in you to produce a story of local interest.

For more information contact Patrick Neary on 0567761436 or 0857295967.

New Kilkenny Tourism Visitor Guide

Looking for a handy guide of things to see, do and experience in Kilkenny?  Whether you’re a native or just visiting this fantastic county, you’ll need to pick up the latest version of the Kilkenny Tourism Visitor Guide.  A printed version is available from County Hall on John Street, or. Or why not download a PDF version at the link below?

Get out and enjoy all Kilkenny has to offer.

Kilkenny Tourism Brochure July 2017

Rothe House & Garden Annual Plant Sale – 2017


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Rothe House & Garden would once again like to invite you to our hugely popular annual plant sale which takes place on Saturday May 27th from 10.30am to 5pm.

Be our guest on the day and avail of free admission to the garden for a wander through our beautifully reconstructed late Tudor period garden and choose from a wide selection of plants, herbs and more all lovingly grown and tended to over the past number of weeks by our dedicated gardeners.

There are sure to be great offers and as per usual its best to come early as with past years the plant sale has proved to be extremely popular. All proceeds from the sale will go toward the upkeep and maintenance of the garden.

Rothe House and Garden closed on Wednesday March 29th

In order to facilitate a private event, we will be closed to the public on Wednesday March 29th. Not to worry, however, as we will reopen as per normal on Thursday March 30th at 10.30am.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

We’re Hiring!

LTI Project Coordinator – contract to May 2017

Coordinator in the Level 4 Tourism & Visitor Care programme administered by Rothe House Trust Ltd, Parliament St., Kilkenny and funded by Carlow Kilkenny ETB

Job Title: LTI Project Coordinator, Full time

Reporting Relationship: Reporting to the Executive Manager of Rothe House Trust and the ETB.

Overall Purpose of the Position

The LTI Project Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination of the Level 4 programme including delivery and evaluation of the current programme. She/He will also be responsible for the financial management/monitoring of the programme budget and ensuring adherence to SOLAS and ETB reporting requirements. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in Teaching, Project Management/Administration, excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as strong IT skills.

The ideal candidate should have

• A relevant 3rd level degree

• Tutoring experience

• Minimum of three years’ experience working with unemployed people

• Office management and organisational skills, an ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team

• Experience and ability to deal with the public

• Experience and knowledge in computer programmes and applications Salary will be in accordance with current ETB coordinators’ rates.

Applications via a covering letter and accompanying CV to be sent to Patricia Duffe, Executive Manager by email to:

By Post to: Executive Manager, Rothe House Trust Ltd., Parliament St., Kilkenny. Please mark your envelope “Confidential”.

The closing date for applications is 2pm, Monday 23rd January 2017.

Shortlisting of applicants will apply. Rothe House Trust Ltd, is an equal opportunities employer.



Rothe House & Garden to appear on RTE’s ‘Magical Sites’


A second series of ‘Magical Sites’ about Irish archaeology for children begins on RTÉjr on October 30th 2016. This RTÉ-produced series will introduce Ireland’s National Monuments to the youngest viewers, those aged under 7, and their co-viewers.


The ist the third programme in the new series of Magical Sites. RTE filmed the episode in the beautiful setting of Rothe House, Kilkenny in May of this year. This episode will air Wednesday 2nd November on RTÉ2 at 11.30 and RTÉJr at 14.45 & 1630. It will also be on the RTE Player afterwards.


Yulefest Kilkenny Christmas Market


Calling all Christmas Elves!

As you may know, Kilkenny County Council are supporting a county-wide Christmas Festival in 2016 titled “Yulefest Kilkenny”.

“By developing a Christmas Festive Celebration, we want to create a new, entertaining, exciting and uplifting experience for local people, visitors and returning families during December”

Rothe House has been chosen to play host to a magical Christmas Craft Market for the duration of the festival. This market will be run in tandem with a craft food market located across the street at Grace’s Castle. There will be music provided and a costumed character creating atmosphere and photo opportunities for people attending the event. Entry to Rothe House will be free and the main gate will remain open to allow passers-by uninterrupted access to the stalls. Kilkenny County Council are also investing in a new street lighting scheme to create a trail for visitors and lead them to key locations, such as Rothe House.

The festival will be advertised nationally in the coming months, utilising the expertise of consultants TL Marketing and Presence PR in association with Kilkenny Tourism.

We are seeking craftspeople to take stalls in our charming rooms and courtyards for the dates and trading times listed below. Food and beverage vendors will be required to supply their own all-weather marquees and trade from within the courtyards, all other vendors will be located inside.

  Friday Saturday Sunday
2nd – 4th Dec 5pm – 8pm 10am – 6pm 12pm – 4pm
9th – 11th Dec 5pm – 8pm 10am – 6pm 12pm – 4pm
16th – 18th Dec 5pm – 8pm 10am – 6pm 12pm – 4pm

We are looking for craftspeople and traders to offer our visitors primarily hand-made items and hot beverages.  The cost for each stall for the duration of the festival will be €300 for craft vendors and €500 for beverage vendors.

Vendors taking a pitch for the entire festival will be given priority, but single weekend pitches are available for €150 for craft vendors and €200 for beverage vendors.

To apply for a space, vendors will need to complete THIS FORM and send it with photos of their products by the 30th of September to Rothe House and Garden, Parliament St., Kilkenny or All vendors are also required to provide evidence of their Public and Product Liability Insurance. Food and beverage vendors are required to provide evidence that they are registered with the HSE. If you are successful you will be contacted and required to pay the cost for your stall by the 28th of October.


A Tale told in Thread and Cloth

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This year, Culture Night will take place on Friday 16th September between 5pm and 11pm all over the country. Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks & performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

On the 16th, between 6pm and 8pm the first two houses of John Rothe Fitzpiers’ Renaissance mansion will be open free of charge. To celebrate his success as a cloth merchant of some renown we have two very special experiences planned for you;


Curator’s Choice

Visitors will have the chance to see some of Kilkenny Archaeological Society’s magnificent costume collection up close. Our curator has chosen some special items from storage which will be on display for one night only. The curator herself will be on hand to speak about the costumes and the challenges of looking after such important pieces. There will also be some not-so-precious costumes on display so kids of all ages can get the chance to dress up!

Ros Tapestry Stitchers

Did you know that the final panel of the extraordinary Ros Tapestry is being worked on in Rothe House? A panel depicting the Battle of Ossory, which took place in Co. Kilkenny in 1170, is on display as a work in progress alongside three of Anne Griffin Bernstorff’s huge painted canvases. On Culture Night the stitchers themselves will be here so you can see them at work. They will even give you the opportunity to make your own stitch in the historic tapestry if you have a steady hand…

Drop in to say hello any time between 6pm and 8pm, we’re looking forward to seeing you!

Or check out the Culture Night website for all listings.