Shortalls, Graces and the Wild Geese

Eamonn Kiely (2020) O’Callaghan’s History of the Irish Brigades deals with among others some of the famous Kilkenny families. Two of these were the Graces and Shortalls, names still synonymous with Kilkenny. The Shortalls were a distinguished Norman family who have a townsland named after them – Shortallstown. The remains of several of their castles […]

Theatre in Kilkenny – The Early Years

Geoff Rose (2019) Looking back at the Theatrical history of Kilkenny, the impression one gets is of a series of ‘fits and starts’ and no sense of continuity, especially in the latter part of the last century. Ireland’s contribution to the Theatre of the English speaking world, since the end of the 17th century has […]

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.