Rothe House Trust’s one-day conference on the subject of ‘Early Modern Townhouses in Kilkenny (1550-1660)’ on Saturday 2nd April 2011 was very successful.  It was held in the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle and was a fundraising event, for the Rothe House & Garden Renaissance Project.  We are very grateful to all our eminent speakers for giving their time free of charge.  Also many thanks to the Office of Public Works for free use of the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle. Details of the programme are given below.  We hope to make this an annual event.  




9.30 am           Opening of conference by Mayor of Kilkenny, Councillor Martin Brett

9.40 am           Welcome from Chair of Rothe House Trust Limited

9.50 am           ‘Town house & town life in Kilkenny c. 1600’ – John Bradley MA

10.30am          ‘Great Stone Houses’ – Kilkenny and its early modern townhouses 1550 – 1650 – Gertie Keane MA

11.15 am         Coffee

11.40am          ‘Black Tom’s House at Kilkenny Castle’   Ben Murtagh MA

 12.20pm          ‘Rothe House – evolution of a Renaissance merchant’s palazzo’    Dr. Jason Bolton MA DipArchaeology PhD

 1.00pm            Close of Conference – President of Kilkenny Archaeological Society

 Lunch – own arrangements

  2.30pm           Choice of tours of Kilkenny City leaving from Kilkenny Castle. Please indicate your preference when making reservation for conference.

                         Early Modern townhouses with Gertie Keane MA

                        ‘The Hole in the Wall’Michael O’Boyle, Conservation Architect

                         Rothe House – an architectural view of the building with Jason Bolton

                         Tour of Kilkenny Castle with Staff of Castle

                         Key features of Black Tom’s House with Ben Murtagh

                         Tour of Heritage Council headquarters with Colm Murray

Cost: Kilkenny Archaeological Society Members and concessions €25, Non-members: €30