Heritage Week Workshop: The Past in Focus

The workshop will be given in Rothe House by Anne-Karoline Distel during Heritage Week 2019. She will explain how to set up the database of photographs for your own project, you’ll get a chance to take photographs in the streets of Kilkenny yourself and learn how to use them on a website. See examples of […]

Liber Primus Kilkenniensis

Eamonn  Kiely (2019) Liber Primus Kilkenniensis or The First Book of Kilkenny is one of the three great manuscripts of Kilkenny. The other two, The Red Book of Ormonde and The Book of Pottlerath, in The National Library of Ireland and Oxford’s Bodleian Library respectively, I have spoken about in previous talks. Liber Primus is […]

St. Patrick’s Day 1903

Written and read by Paddy Neary Bank holidays or public holidays as they became more commonly known were first introduced in 1871 by Westminster but St Patricks day was not observed as a bank holiday until 1903 when James O Mara an Irish politician successfully introduced a Bill that made it an official public holiday. […]

Lecture: Langton Families

Langton Families: Can DNA, combined with circumstantial evidence form a bridge between Kilkenny and Cadiz? by Dr Rory O’Shea Admission for members of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society is € 7, for non-members € 10.

Table Quiz

Table quiz at Bollard’s of Kieran Street in aid of the Rothe House Trust. Tables up to four players; historic, general knowledge and fun questions. Admission fee does apply.

The Banim Brothers and Windgap Cottage

Paddy Neary The writers Michael and John Banim were born in Kilkenny city, Michael was born on the 5th August 1796, while John was born on the 1st April 1798. During their lifetimes the brothers collaborated in many published works (twenty-four in total), mainly about life in Kilkenny and its characters under the Collective title “Tales by […]

Fr. Albert Bibby

Paddy Neary Thomas Bibby was born on the 24th October 1877, in Bagenalstown Co. Carlow. His family were proprietors of a woollen mill at Greensbridge, and operated two drapery businesses in Kilkenny City. One in Parliament street opposite the Watergate Theatre, the second in High Street nowadays the Enable Ireland shop located at the lane […]

John Cullen Lord of the Lough

John Cullen Lord of the Lough John Cullen was one of the characters who lived in the Walkin Street area, and was said to have been fairly well educated. His parents were of a comfortable position in life. In a drunken fit he enlisted in the local regiment of the Army, and some years later […]