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