Tudor Herbs

Anne-Karoline Distel (2020) My name is Anne-Karoline Distel and today, I’m going to tell you a few things about three Tudor garden plants. If you have ever visited Rothe House Garden, you were very likely impressed by the variety of plants there. Apart from having to buy exotic herbs and spices like pepper, households were […]

The Ten Civic Families of Kilkenny

Paddy Neary (2019) By the time of the arrival of the Anglo Normans in 1169, Kilkenny was already the largest inland settlement in South Eastern Ireland. This settlement was focused on Irishtown and St. Canice’s Cathedral. Its Lord was the local bishop and remained so until 1843. In the course of the 13th Century the […]

The Kilkenny Museum

Read about the humble beginnings of collecting archaeological artefacts and the challenges of maintaining a local history museum in Kilkenny.

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 […]