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