Rothe House & Garden reduces admission fees from 1st July 2011

In line with the reduction in VAT on museum admisson charges, happening on 1st July, we are reducing our admission fees.  Adult charge will be €4.80, and concessions will be €3.80. Great value all round!

Volunteer tour guides sought

Fancy a bit of tour guiding experience?  Do you feel you can stand up in front of a group of people and talk for 40 minutes? Read on ….

The House will be partially closed while the Renaissance Project is completed, and it is planned to introduce a guiding system to enhance the visitor experience during this period.

 The positions are voluntary, and a commitment of at least 2-3 hours per week is required. Full training will be provided, and the positions will be from June to end September.

This is an opportunity to participate in one of the most exciting heritage projects happening in Kilkenny at present.

Rothe House & Garden is owned by Kilkenny Archaeological Society and operated by Rothe House Trust Limited (both not for profit organisations).It is open to the public as a museum, garden, book & gift shop and genealogical centre. 

All successful volunteers will receive free family entry (for the first 6 months) to the new exhibition which is being installed during the summer, and will open to the public later this year.  They will also receive a copy of the latest Kilkenny Archaeological Society Journal, the Old Kilkenny Review.

 For more details and to volunteer, please contact Róisín McQuillan, CEO, Rothe House & Garden, Parliament Street, Kilkenny at 056 7722893, or by emailing

Rothe House Museum achieves Interim Accreditation

Rothe House Museum, operated jointly by the Kilkenny Archaeological Society and Rothe House Trust Ltd., is delighted to announce that it has achieved Interim Accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland, managed by the Heritage Council.  It is the first voluntary museum to achieve this standard.

Expressions of Interest sought for Café facility

Rothe House Trust invites expressions of interest for the running of a cafe in the Third House at Rothe House.  This is in line with the Conservation Plan, and it is intended that the cafe facility will form part of the final phase of the Plan, and open at the same time as the new exhibition which is being installed during 2011.  Invited parties can contact for more details, and to obtain the application form, which is required to be completed and returned to Roisin McQuillan, CEO, Rothe House & Garden, Parliament Street, Kilkenny by Friday April 29th.

Conference: Early Modern Townhouses in Kilkenny

Rothe House Trust’s one-day conference on the subject of ‘Early Modern Townhouses in Kilkenny (1550-1660)’ on Saturday 2nd April 2011 was very successful.  It was held in the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle and was a fundraising event, for the Rothe House & Garden Renaissance Project.  We are very grateful to all our eminent speakers for giving their time free of charge.  Also many thanks to the Office of Public Works for free use of the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle. Details of the programme are given below.  We hope to make this an annual event.  




9.30 am           Opening of conference by Mayor of Kilkenny, Councillor Martin Brett

9.40 am           Welcome from Chair of Rothe House Trust Limited

9.50 am           ‘Town house & town life in Kilkenny c. 1600’ – John Bradley MA

10.30am          ‘Great Stone Houses’ – Kilkenny and its early modern townhouses 1550 – 1650 – Gertie Keane MA

11.15 am         Coffee

11.40am          ‘Black Tom’s House at Kilkenny Castle’   Ben Murtagh MA

 12.20pm          ‘Rothe House – evolution of a Renaissance merchant’s palazzo’    Dr. Jason Bolton MA DipArchaeology PhD

 1.00pm            Close of Conference – President of Kilkenny Archaeological Society

 Lunch – own arrangements

  2.30pm           Choice of tours of Kilkenny City leaving from Kilkenny Castle. Please indicate your preference when making reservation for conference.

                         Early Modern townhouses with Gertie Keane MA

                        ‘The Hole in the Wall’Michael O’Boyle, Conservation Architect

                         Rothe House – an architectural view of the building with Jason Bolton

                         Tour of Kilkenny Castle with Staff of Castle

                         Key features of Black Tom’s House with Ben Murtagh

                         Tour of Heritage Council headquarters with Colm Murray

Cost: Kilkenny Archaeological Society Members and concessions €25, Non-members: €30

Christmas at Rothe House & Garden (finally!)

Having postponed our Christmas Miscellany not once, but twice, due to the extreme weather in December, it finally went ahead on Tuesday 14th December.  We were fortunate that all participants were still available. The evening was a great success, with the Sonas Chamber Choir and their young supporters providing seasonal carols and songs.  Interspersed with the music, our speakers provided great enjoyment in remembering times past.  Ann Murtagh spoke of ‘Christmas Shopping in Kilkenny in 1937’, Cllr Malcolm Noonan remembered his childhood Christmases in ‘The Village’, i.e. Larchfield with his parents and 9 siblings, Cathy Power spoke of Christmases lost as she remembered those who populated her childhood Christmases who were no longer alive, and Anna Michalska told us of Polish Christmas traditions and customs. 

Mince pies and mulled wine were welcome barriers to the cold outside, and everyone really enjoyed the evening. Many thanks to all who participated, and who attended.  Particular thanks to all staff and volunteers at Rothe House who also gave freely of their time.

Sonas Chamber Choir entertaining the audience

Sonas Chamber Choir entertaining the audience

Christmas on a Shoestring

Mary and Rosemary creating an alternative Christmas Tree

Mary and Rosemary creating an alternative Christmas Tree

Christmas on a Shoestring took place on  Saturday 11th December 2010. Mary Pyke, Head Gardener at Rothe House & Garden, and Rosemary Barnes demonstrated ways to create alternative Christmas trees, wreaths, table decorations and garlands.

Mary had made a number of wreaths, all of which were sold on the day. Watch this space for our Easter on a Shoestring workshop in March …..!

Christmas Miscellany returns to Rothe House

POSTPONED AGAIN – now taking place on Tuesday 14th December at 7.30 pm.

The annual Christmas Miscellany takes place on Wednesday 1st December, with music and musings on a Christmas theme. Sonas Chamber Choir will perform, singing old winter carols to enhance the atmosphere, helped along by a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a crackling log fire. It’s a great way to kick start the Christmas season. This is a fundraising event for Rothe House, and tickets cost €20.00. They are available at 056 7722893, or by emailing  Book early – this event is usually a sell out.

Minister opens House 3

Mary White TD, Minister for Equality, Integration and Human Rights, opened House 3, representing the completion of Phase one of the Renaissance Project, and launched Phase Two which starts in January.

The Minister was given a guided tour of the House by Joe Ledwidge, Project Manager, and was very impressed at the standard of work which has taken place. She congratulated the Society and the Trust for the work which has been done to date, and wished them very well in the ongoing project.

Mayor Martin Brett, Councillor Catherine Connery (Cathaoirleach of the County Council) and Ciarán Tuite of Failte Ireland also spoke at the opening.  Those present were welcomed by Miss Bernadette Dermody, President of Kilkenny Archaeological Society, and by Mr. David Culliton, Chairman, Rothe House Trust Limited. Official Opening, Third House

Culture Night at Rothe House & Garden

Rothe House & Garden is participating in the first ever Culture Night to be held in Kilkenny.  In partnership with Tynan Tours, Kilkenny Borough Council and St. Canice’s Cathedral, we are hosting part of a City Cultural Walk.  Pat Tynan will guide a group through the streets of Kilkenny, stopping off at City Hall to inspect the City Charters, Rothe House to see how people lived in the 17th century and St. Canice’s Cathedral.  The walk starts at 6.00 pm at the Parade Kiosk, and is free of charge.