History Podcasts

Members of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society broadcast short pieces on Kilkenny history on local radio stations.
Here is a collection of pieces relating to Rothe House and its history. You can use these as a supplement for your self-guided tour.

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Paddy Neary talks about the history of the Kilkenny Museum and the role Kilkenny Archaeological Society played in it.

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Relating to

all three houses & courtyards

Rosemary Barnes portrays the background of John Lavery, creator of the two paintings on the West wall in the Phelan room.

Phelan Room (Rothe’s reception room) in the first house: Lavery paintings.

Eamonn Kiely sheds light on the Battle of Clais an Chro (Clashancrow) near Freshford, depicted in this last panel of the Ros Tapestry project.

Passage from first into second house: Ros Tapestry.

Paddy Neary relates the background of the ten civic families who ruled Kilkenny from the 14th to 17th century. He points out where to find traces of them in Kilkenny today.

2nd courtyard and Kilkenny City
Tomb monuments in churches in Kilkenny

Paddy Neary tells you about the life of the Banim Brothers who went to school in Rothe House in the early 19th century. In their book “Fr. Connell”, they describe the predecessor of the spiral staircase in the 2nd house.

2nd house: spiral staircase.

Eamonn Kiely explains how a flood let to a little boy becoming one of the most famous surgeons in Ireland.

2nd house 1st floor: Colles collection.

Hear about Thomas MacDonagh, playwright, poet and revolutionary, who taught Irish in Rothe House. Read by Peter McQuillan.

2nd house (MacDonagh room)

Peter McQuillan relates the story of Freney the Robber, whose Blunderbuss is on display in the 2nd house.

2nd house, ground floor

Anne-Karoline Distel talks about a selection of herbs grown in Tudor gardens and their use in the household.

1st part of the garden

Anne-Karoline Distel talks about some of the trees growing in out 17th century restored garden and what people in that period thought about them.