Heritage Week Apple Pressing

heritage week banner resHeritage Week is Ireland’s annual celebration of our built, natural and cultural heritage. This year it takes place from the 20th to the 28th of August. There is something for everyone to enjoy; exhibitions, activities, talks, demonstrations, tours and more. Check out what’s happening near you by clicking here.

In cooperation with Future Proof Kilkenny and the Kilkenny Fruit Tree Project, Rothe House and Garden are holding an Apple Pressing on Wednesday 24th August from 12pm to 3pm. We will be demonstrating how to create apple juice the traditional way using a cross-bar hand-operated press. Everyone is invited to bring their own apples and containers and our volunteers will happily turn them into fresh, delicious fruit juice. Entry to the garden will be through the gate on New Building Lane and will be free of charge for the duration. Why not take the opportunity to visit our Tudor walled garden and chat with our gardener? You’ll get to see how we grow vegetables, herbs and fruit including our fine selection of Irish heritage apple trees. For more information on apple pressing events this autumn follow @apple_pressing

We have three other ‘top picks’ from the Kilkenny Heritage Week Event Guide that shouldn’t be missed:

Kilkenny Book Fair Saturday 20th 11am – 5.30pm, Club House Hotel, Patrick Street. A mecca for the collector with booksellers from all over Ireland exhibiting. Book lovers welcome!

The Black Death in Ireland Tuesday 23rd 7pm, Castlecomer Library. A book launch and talk by author and broadcaster Finbar Dwyer.

Walking Tour of Parliament Street Wednesday 24th 7pm, meeting at the carpark by the old Mayfair Building. A guided walking tour along this most historic street will be lead by President of Kilkenny Archaeological Society, Seamus Brennan.

May in the Garden

may bannerWith the weather turning noticeably milder you might be tempted to turn your attention to the garden, but are you at a loss for where to start or what to do?  We asked our resident gardener, Mary, for a few tips for what you should be doing in the garden for the month of May!

  • Sow Swedes, beetroot, carrots, peas, lettuce and spring onions but direct sow frost tender veg.
  • From the middle of the month onward plant bedding plants.  Tender plants can also be planted out.
  • Ensure newly planted fruit trees have been watered if there are minimal amounts of rain.
  • Clip beech, hornbeam, box, thuja and Leyland hedges later in the month.
  • Support perennials, clear spring flowering plants and prepare the ground for replanting.

We hope these tips have been useful and we welcome any gardening questions or queries that you might have!

If you’re looking to stock up on some unique plants then why not drop into our plant sale on May 28th here in Rothe House & Garden.  There will be a wide variety of plants on sale; including many perenials as mentioned above, all grown and tended to by our gardener.  There will also be free admission to the house on the day or why not avail of one of three guided tours at 11am, 1pm or 3pm. We hope you can make it.

Lunchtime Yoga at Rothe House


Starting on Thursday 5th of May we will be offering a four-week course of beginners’ yoga at Rothe House between 1.10pm and 1.50pm – perfect for your lunch break. You will be instructed by the wonderful Jenny Dillon who has been practicing yoga for 4 years. Jenny  also works as a chartered physiotherapist and really understands the endless benefits yoga offers health and well being. It’s just €10 per session or €32 for all four. We ask that you bring your own may and give us a call on 056 7722893 to book your place.