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.
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.
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.