Easter Eggs-travaganza!

Join us at Rothe House & Garden for a day of activity and fun on Easter Saturday.

11 – 12.30   Find out how a common vegetable can turn your egg red, design and paint your own eggs and bring them home.

12.30 – 1.00            Break for lunch in the Garden (weather permitting – bring your own picnic).

1.00 – 2.00  Live history show for Children:  Irish History brought to life

(with Irish History Live)

Try out a sword, mace, bow, crossbow and musket. Find out who were Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, the O’Neills and the O’Donnells and most terrible of all, Oliver Cromwell.

Dress up as a courtier in silk and whalebone or in doublet and hose. What weapons were in use then? Practice with them yourself.

€6.00 per child for each session:  €10.00 for both sessions

Booking essential – email info@rothehouse.com, or telephone 056 7722893

Debate, discussion, history – all coming up this Spring

Springtime is awash with debate and discussion.

In association with the Kilkenny Archaeological Society here are three events for March/April:

Friday 15th March:  Debate: St. Patrick christianised Ireland, chaired by Olivia O’Leary with teams from NUIG and NUID.  8.00 pm, Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle (by kind permission of the OPW).

Tuesday 2nd April – Thursday 4th April:  Emigration Through the Centuries – a Gathering Initiative.  Discover why people emigrated from Kilkenny – combination of lectures, guided tours and outings.

Saturday 27th April:  One Day Conference :  The History of Rothe House, Kilkenny – archaeologists and historians presenting their findings on recent research undertaken as part of the Conservation Project at Rothe House & Garden.

For more information, email info@rothehouse.com, or telephone 056 7722893

The Gathering Ireland: Conference ‘Emigration through the Centuries’

Kilkenny Archaeological Socety are hosting a three day conference at Rothe House & Garden, to celebrate the Gathering.  The theme of the conference is Emigration through the Centuries and it takes place from Tuesday 2nd April to Thursday 4th April.  A combination of lectures and guided tours, this conference explores emigration from Ireland, not just during the Famine period, but throughout the centuries.  Speakers include Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald, Queens University Belfast, and Professor Terence Dooley, NUIM.  For more information, or to register for the Conference, please email kilkennyfamilyhistory@rothehouse.com or you can download the registration form .

Kilkenny Archaeological Society: The Gathering 2013 

Conference theme:  Emigration through the centuries

Event    date and time

Location   and details

Tuesday    2nd April
 From   2.00pm Registration, Rothe   House.Tour of the house   and garden.
6.30pm Kilkenny Archaeological Society President’s   welcoming reception by Mr   Peter McQuillanOfficial Opening by   the Mayor of Kilkenny, His Worship Cllr Sean Ó’hArgainVenue: Rothe   House
7.00pm Keynote lecture   –  Emigration through the centuriesDr Patrick Fitzgerald   QUBVenue: Rothe House
8.30pm  Irish Night, Music and food “An Irish Wake”An Evening of song,   music and musings on the emigration theme as we enjoy an evening meal in Kilkenny‘s   famed hostelry.Venue: Bollards of   Kieran’s Street
Wednesday April 3rd
9.15am  Depart by coach for guided tour to Inistioge,   a charming village straddling the River Nore
10.00am Lecture:

Newfoundland emigration from South- East IrelandMr Jack Burtchaell   MA

Venue: Saint Mary’sChurchofIreland, Inistioge.

Morning coffee

11.30am Depart for   Graignamanagh.Short stop on the   Quay area to consider Barrow   Rivernavigation links   to 18th century emigration.
12.00 noon Onwards to   BagenalstownRail development and   its links to 19th century emigration
1.00pm Leighlinbridge Light lunch The Lord   Bagenal.Famous local   emigrants including Captain Myles Keogh and Cardinal Patrick Moran.
2.15pm Visit to Saint   Laserian’s Cathedral,  Old Leighlin and   area
3.00pm Depart forCastlecomer, former   mining town. Guided visit to theDiscovery  Parkand tour of the   exhibition
4.30pm Lecture:  The Role of Saint Kieran’s College, founded in 1782, in education and emigration: Dr. Fergus Farrell
5.30pm Return to Kilkenny
8.00 pm Special themed   Conference Dinner in The Club House Hotel, Kilkenny’s longest established   hotel.
Thursday April 4th












12.00 noon

Chapter Room Saint   Mary’s Cathedral

Lecture: The Estate-funded assisted passage schemes in the Prior Wandesford Estate Papers: Dr. Máire Downey

Morning Coffee


2nd   Lecture 20th Century emigration

The Great War

Mr John Kirwan MA


3rd   Lecture

The Big House 1900 –   1940

Professor Terence   Dooley NUI Maynooth


12.50 pm Closing remarks Most   Rev Seamus Freemen,Catholic Bishop of   Ossory.
1.15pm Informal buffet   lunch
2.30pmTo4.30 pm Guided walking tour   of Kilkenny orOne-to-one   consultations in Rothe House re specific Family History queries. Pre booking   required
Programme concludes



Last Call for Children’s Christmas Workshop

Places are booking up fast, so if you’d like to include your child in our wonderful Christmas workshop taking place this Saturday 8th December, then call 056 7722893 and book their place!  €6.00 per child – lots of wonderful magic Christmassy things to make and bring home – early Christmas presents!  The workshop takes place from 10.30 – 12.30, and you are encouraged to wrap your children up warm, and bring a snack with them.

This workshop is the last in a series of highly successful workshops which have taken place throughout 2012, and will continue in 2013, so keep an eye out on our website for all the latest information.

Happy Christmas to everyone!

Winter opening hours

From the beginning of November, we have reverted to our winter opening hours: 10.30 – 16.30 Monday to Saturday.  During the summer, we were also open every Sunday from 14.00 – 18.00 and these extended hours were made possible by the support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, through the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland scheme.

Rothe House & Garden wins Excellence in Heritage Award

We’re delighted to announce that Rothe House & Garden has won the Excellence in Heritage Award at Saturday’s Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Business Awards.  Cited for the ongoing conservation work which is taking place, the adjudicators noted that, as home of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, Rothe House & Garden has excelled in conserving and developing the heritage of Kilkenny city and county.  David Culliton, Chair of Rothe House Trust Ltd., accepted the award which was sponsored by The Heritage Council.

Christmas Miscellany at Rothe House & Garden

As Christmas is fast approaching, it’s time for the annual Miscellany at Rothe House & Garden.  Wednesday 5th December at 7.30 – warm yourselves with a glass of mulled wine, and a mince pie before enjoying a wonderful evening of music and musings on a Winter theme.  The Sonas Chamber Choir once again joins us with their unique interpretations of Christmas carols and winter songs.  These are interspersed with poetry, prose and musings on the same theme.  Tickets are €20, and all proceeds go to the Rothe House Fundraising Campaign.

Email info@rothehouse.com or telephone 056 7722893 to book your tickets!

Memories to Memoirs talk at Savour Kilkenny

Two for the price of one at this amazing afternoon at Rothe House & Garden, on Saturday 27th October from 3.00 pm. to 5.30 pm. €5.00 – pre booking recommended, telephone: 056 7722893, or email info@rothehouse.com.

1) Start with a guided tour of Rothe House Garden discovering the food that was grown in 17th century Kilkenny – how they grew it and how they ate it.

2) Irene Graham, Author of The Memoir Writing Workbook, Founder of The Creative Writer’s Workshop & The Memoir Writing Club will present a Memoir Writing Lecture in Rothe House. 

Capture the story of your Ancestors – learn how to create story from family history through writing meaningful memoirs. Irene’s interactive lecture will stimulate your connection to ancestral history and encourage you to leave a legacy for future generations. Her right-brain/left-brain writing techniques are renowned internationally for evoking the writer within and encouraging people to write short memoirs.

The Memoir Writing Workbook and The Memoir Writing Club was launched in the National Library of Ireland by Michael D Higgins, the President of Ireland.

‘Too posh for Paulstown’

This week sees the re-introduction of a Costume Exhibition at Rothe House & Garden where ‘The Shankill Collection revisited’ is now on display as part of the tour.  With the kind assistance of textile consultant Mairead Johnston and Nikki Toler-Aylward, this tantalising glimpse into life in 19th century Shankill Castle, Paulstown, will excite and enthuse visitors of all ages and nationality.

‘Emily Butler, a wealthy heiress from Dublin, married Hector James Charles Toler-Aylward in 1894, and a trousseau was prepared for this momentous occasion’, says Rosemary Barnes, Hon. Curator with Kilkenny Archaeological Society.  ‘In fact, some of her gowns were considered too glamorous or ‘posh’ for Paulstown and were never actually worn.  We are fortunate to have had this trousseau donated by the Toler-Aylward family and are very excited to now have this opportunity to put it on display.’

The exhibition is now open, and forms part of the general tour of Rothe House & Garden, on Parliament Street, Kilkenny, which is open to the public seven days a week until mid-September, and then six days a week.

These costumes form part of a major collection which has been in the ownership of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society for some years now, and which has been undergoing some conservation work recently.  It is an artistic resource of costume, ranging from the late 18th century to the mid 20th century – 200 years of social and economic history.