Kilkenny Arts Festival at Rothe House & Garden

Rothe House & Garden is packed full of things to do and see during Kilkenny Arts Festival!

Children’s activities

  • Irish History Live’ – children’s re-enactment of the Titanic era:  Four shows at 10.30, 12.00, 2.00, 3.30:  €5.00 per child, €2.50 per extra sibling. Saturday 11th August – book on 056 7722893.
  • Rothe House Children’s Workshop:  a 2 day (10.30 – 12.30) extravaganza of craft making from recycled goods; including painting and clay modelling. €14 for both days; €10 per extra sibling – Thurs/Friday 16th – 17th August – book on 056 7722893

Kilkenny Arts Festival Visual Arts Strand 

  • Niamh O’Malley:  Island
  • Cecily Brennan: Unstrung

Books / Exhibition

  • Ailbe O’Donoghue (Wellread Books) – antiquarian maps and prints for sale
  • Award winning Clare Bourke’s ‘Through the Lens’ photographic exhibition


We’re open from 10am to 6 pm throughout the Festival. Entry to exhibitions is free.  Admission charge to House & Garden:  €4.80/€3.80.

Family Fever: Saturday 21st July

Family Fever at Rothe House & Garden

This Saturday (21st July) marks another annual event at Rothe House & Garden as we host our annual garden party from 3pm-5pm. Wine and strawberries, storytelling in the garden and children’s activities will play part of the family enjoyment of the 17th century surrounds. For as little as €10 per person or €20 family ticket come along and enjoy a fun filled summer’s day, there is surely something for one and all at this year’s garden party.

Green fingered or merely a garden lover there is an opportunity to have a piece of Rothe House Garden in your very own abode. Some wonderful bargains can be had from our selection of period dated plants and herbs that will be on offer on the day. Assistant gardener Alan Murphy will be hand to help with all your questions.

KAS Symposium – The Franciscans in Kilkenny – 5th May 2012

Kilkenny Archaeological Society and Rothe House Trust Ltd.   present their  Spring Symposium

 “The Franciscans in Kilkenny”


in The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle

on Saturday May 5th 2012  commencing at 10.00am


Saturday May 5th 2012


9.45     Registration in the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle

10.00 Official Opening by Cllr David Fitzgerald, Mayor of Kilkenny.

10.10  Welcome from Mr Peter McQuillan, President Kilkenny Archaeological Society who will chair the morning session.

10.20  The Franciscans in  Kilkenny  -How did they live and what did they do

Speaker: Rev. Dr Joseph Mac Mahon, OFM, Secretary of the Province of the Order of Friars Minor—Ireland

11.00    Morning Tea / Coffee in the Medieval Room of the Parade Tower.

11.20 The Franciscans and the devotional landscape of late medieval Gaelic  Ireland 

Speaker:  Professor Salvador Ryan, Saint Patrick ‘s University, Maynooth

12.00  Clyn—A window on his world

Speaker Dr Bernadette Williams, Editor of the Annals of Friar John Clyn

12.40 Questions and discussions

1.00 Lunch –own arrangements


Chairman for the afternoon Mr Paul Smithwick

2.30 Donatus Mooney’s early 17th century description of Kilkenny friary

Speaker Dr John McCafferty, Director of the Micheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, UCD

3.30  Meet on the site of Saint Francis Abbey (by kind permission of  Diageo)

The history and architectural  features of the Abbey

Speaker: Mr Justice Peter Smithwick



To Book your place, telephone 056 77  22 893 or email

Admission €20.00

Includes visit to St. Francis Abbey, by kind permission of Diageo

The Parade Tower is provided by kind permission of the OPW



Children’s workshops at Rothe House & Garden, Kilkenny throughout the year.

Creative children

Children from the age of 4 to 12 are welcome to take part in exciting craft and handiwork in the elegant surroundings of the 17th century historic Rothe House & Garden. The workshops are themed according to time of year, and include activities such as tile and glass painting, jewellery making, mask making and salt dough modelling. Children are encouraged to be creative, and can take what they make home with them at the end. The series of workshops was initiated in 2011, and has proved so successful that we have had to add extra times to the schedule. Whole families return again and again throughout the year.

First up is the St. Valentine’s Day Workshop, taking place on 11th February. Cost is €7.50 per child and you can email for more information, or telephone 056 7722893 and ask for Winn or Daphne.

December at Rothe House & Garden

We have a packed programme here at Rothe House & Garden during December:

Christmas Candlelight – 1st December, 7.30 pm

An evening of Christmas floral arrangements demonstrated by Mary Pyke and Rosemary Barnes. Orders taken for Christmas wreaths on the evening. €10 includes refreshments. All items made on the evening will be raffled with proceeds going to the Rothe House Renaissance Project.

Christmas Miscellany – 7th December, 7.30 pm

Our annual Evening of music and musings on a Christmas/Winter theme, with music from the Sonas Chamber Choir and musings from local writers. €20 (includes mulled wine and minced pies) with all proceeds going to the Rothe House Renaissance Project.

Children’s Christmas Workshops – 10th December

Lots of seasonal craft making for children aged 6 – 12
Saturday 10th December, 10.30 – 12.30, and 2.30 – 4.30, €10 per child, for Family Rates please enquire 056 7722893.

Something for everyone at Rothe House & Garden, Parliament Street, Kilkenny this Christmas!

Tel: 056 7722893, E:, W:

The Galway Ensemble in Residence with Alec O’ Leary on guitar plays at Rothe House

Rothe House welcomes The Galway Music Ensemble with Alec O’Leary for a concert on Wednesday 28th September at 8pm, with a pre-concert talk and glass of wine at 7pm. Programme includes Turina, Vivaldi and Boccherini. Tickets €10/€7 (available at door).

Children under age 16 admitted free.

For more details see

National Heritage Week

Medieval & Tudor Re-enactments

Saturday 20th August
In the Garden from 11am – 4 pm

Children’s Activities

Monday 22nd August
‘Dig-it Kids’ workshops (booked out)

Thursday 25th August
Children’s Workshop 10.30 – 12.30
Clay modelling, tile and jar painting and much more (6-12 years), €5 per child. Book at 056 7722893.

Friday 26th August
Children’s Workshop 10.30 – 12.30
Clay modelling, tile and jar painting and much more (6-12 years), €5 per child. Book at 056 7722893.

Family History

Tuesday 23rd August
One-to-one sessions (20 mins). Learn to access family records through Book at 056 7722893

Wed. 24th August
One-to-one sessions (20 mins). Learn to access family records through Book at 056 7722893

Saturday 27th August
At McDonagh Junction One-to-one sessions (20 mins). Learn to access family records through Book at 056 7722893

Kilkenny Archaeological Society

Sunday 21st August
KAS Library open to the public from 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm.

Wed 24th August
Talk by Dr. Adrian Empey in St. Canice’s Cathedral (Notable Irish Bishops). Followed by a social evening in Rothe House.
All events free of charge (except Children’s Workshop €5 per child)

Annual Summer Garden Party 23rd July at 3 pm

It’s that time of year again when the strawberries, cream and wine can be had in the fabulous Rothe House Garden. Come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings in the heart of the city – meet our ducks, talk to Mary our Head Gardener and just relax …… €10 (€5 for children) with all proceeds to the Renaissance Project.  See you here ………photo

Devil’s Brew at Rothe House & Garden

YHS at Rothe House & GardenSaturday 16th July 11 am – come and enjoy medieval refreshments in the beautiful surroundings of Rothe House Garden. Members of the Youth Heritage Society are preparing a feast of food including crispels, snowe, blanche crepes & almond pudding. No admission fee, but donations to the Renaissance Project are very welcome. Entrance is from New Building Lane.

Rothe House Museum accepts Interim Accreditation Award

MSPI Interim Accreditation June 2011 Shown accepting the MSPI Interim Accreditation Award from the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD are Nathan Mannion, KAS Council member, Rosemary Barnes Hon. Curator, Dr. Máire Downey, KAS Council member and Director of RHT Ltd., Roisin McQuillan CEO Rothe House & Garden and Peter McQuillan, President of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society.

The ceremony was held in the Royal College of Physicians in Kildare Street, Dublin on Wednesday 29th June. The MSPI (Museum Standards Programme of Ireland) is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council, and Rothe House Museum is one of the first volunteer museums to be awarded Interim Accreditation.