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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.

 

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.