Kilkenny Archaeological Socety are hosting a three day conference at Rothe House & Garden, to celebrate the Gathering.  The theme of the conference is Emigration through the Centuries and it takes place from Tuesday 2nd April to Thursday 4th April.  A combination of lectures and guided tours, this conference explores emigration from Ireland, not just during the Famine period, but throughout the centuries.  Speakers include Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald, Queens University Belfast, and Professor Terence Dooley, NUIM.  For more information, or to register for the Conference, please email or you can download the registration form .

Kilkenny Archaeological Society: The Gathering 2013 

Conference theme:  Emigration through the centuries

Event    date and time

Location   and details

Tuesday    2nd April
 From   2.00pm Registration, Rothe   House.Tour of the house   and garden.
6.30pm Kilkenny Archaeological Society President’s   welcoming reception by Mr   Peter McQuillanOfficial Opening by   the Mayor of Kilkenny, His Worship Cllr Sean Ó’hArgainVenue: Rothe   House
7.00pm Keynote lecture   –  Emigration through the centuriesDr Patrick Fitzgerald   QUBVenue: Rothe House
8.30pm  Irish Night, Music and food “An Irish Wake”An Evening of song,   music and musings on the emigration theme as we enjoy an evening meal in Kilkenny‘s   famed hostelry.Venue: Bollards of   Kieran’s Street
Wednesday April 3rd
9.15am  Depart by coach for guided tour to Inistioge,   a charming village straddling the River Nore
10.00am Lecture:

Newfoundland emigration from South- East IrelandMr Jack Burtchaell   MA

Venue: Saint Mary’sChurchofIreland, Inistioge.

Morning coffee

11.30am Depart for   Graignamanagh.Short stop on the   Quay area to consider Barrow   Rivernavigation links   to 18th century emigration.
12.00 noon Onwards to   BagenalstownRail development and   its links to 19th century emigration
1.00pm Leighlinbridge Light lunch The Lord   Bagenal.Famous local   emigrants including Captain Myles Keogh and Cardinal Patrick Moran.
2.15pm Visit to Saint   Laserian’s Cathedral,  Old Leighlin and   area
3.00pm Depart forCastlecomer, former   mining town. Guided visit to theDiscovery  Parkand tour of the   exhibition
4.30pm Lecture:  The Role of Saint Kieran’s College, founded in 1782, in education and emigration: Dr. Fergus Farrell
5.30pm Return to Kilkenny
8.00 pm Special themed   Conference Dinner in The Club House Hotel, Kilkenny’s longest established   hotel.
Thursday April 4th












12.00 noon

Chapter Room Saint   Mary’s Cathedral

Lecture: The Estate-funded assisted passage schemes in the Prior Wandesford Estate Papers: Dr. Máire Downey

Morning Coffee


2nd   Lecture 20th Century emigration

The Great War

Mr John Kirwan MA


3rd   Lecture

The Big House 1900 –   1940

Professor Terence   Dooley NUI Maynooth


12.50 pm Closing remarks Most   Rev Seamus Freemen,Catholic Bishop of   Ossory.
1.15pm Informal buffet   lunch
2.30pmTo4.30 pm Guided walking tour   of Kilkenny orOne-to-one   consultations in Rothe House re specific Family History queries. Pre booking   required
Programme concludes