Burgage plots and burgesses

These texts were researched by Anne-Karoline Distel and are read by Seán Hackett. Burgage PlotsBurgesses Burgage Plot The plot Rothe House stands on goes back to a burgage plot of the early 13th century. Burgage plots are the Anglo-Norman way of laying out properties...
Weaving Workshop with Open Circle

Weaving Workshop with Open Circle

Open Circle Community Arts Collective, which was founded in 2013 and is managed and supported by Kilkenny Arts Office is a community-based, for-impact organisation whose mission is to inspire interest and maximum participation in the arts both locally and nationally...

Wreath Making Workshop

There’s nothing quite like the eye-catching sight of a seasonal wreath or centrepiece, the scent of freshly clipped greens and of course nothing enhances a table quite like a beautiful floral arrangement. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your very own, look no...
Lavery Paintings

Lavery Paintings

This text was researched by Emma Holohan and is read by Maggie Welland. Lavery Paitings part 1Lavery Paintings part 2 The self-portrait of John Lavery in Rothe House was painted in 1909. In 1908 John had been invited by the Uffizzi Gallery in Florence to submit a...
Secret Garden Music

Secret Garden Music

The Secret Garden Music during Kilkenny Arts Festival is usually one of the highlights of the festival year for Rothe House, because we can invite music and garden enthusiasts to enjoy some very special moments in our beautifully restored 17th century gardens. This...

Visits from De La Salle Kilkenny

Just before starting off into the adventure of the summer holidays, two groups of boys from the De La Salle schools visited us. Our tour guide Lady Anne greeted them and sent them on a treasure hunt around the courtyards and gardens. They discovered strange window...

Introducing the team: Anne-Karoline Distel

Anne is from Leipzig, Germany and joined the Rothe House team in 2018. What is your first memory of Rothe House? I was on holidays in Ireland with a friend in 2016 and visited Rothe House during our stay in Kilkenny. I think I was most impressed by the buildings and...
Introducing The Team – Désirée Carey

Introducing The Team – Désirée Carey

Désirée joined the team during the summer of 2020 and has returned to new responsibilities. You will find her in the Merchant’s Shop. What is your first memory of Rothe House? That would be the opening day in 1966. My family lived down the road, and my mother,...
Introducing the Team: Mary Pyke

Introducing the Team: Mary Pyke

Mary Pyke is the gardener at Rothe House and is in fact referred to as “Mary Gardener” sometimes, when we need to make the distinction between her and Mary Flood, our genealogist. What is your first memory of Rothe House? Don’t ask me the year, but...
Introducing The Team: Sinead Gibbons

Introducing The Team: Sinead Gibbons

Although being the youngest member amongst the permanent team, Sinead is our longest running receptionist and tour guide. What is your first memory of Rothe House? “My first memory of Rothe House was of the late Win Long, my former work colleague and much loved...