Kilkenny Women of Distinction

Rothe House 16 Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

A presentation by women of Kilkenny Archaeological Society Admission Members €8.00, Non Members €10.00 Isobel De Clare by Angela Moylan O’Reilly Isabel de Clare (c. 1172- 1220) was one of the most powerful but little- known women in British and Irish history.  She was of noble Norman-Welsh and Irish ancestry and one of the wealthiest […]

John Bradley Memorial Lecture: Making Sense of Heraldry

Kilkenny Castle The Parade, Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland

by Gerard Crotty Coats of arms have been borne by families and individuals ever since they first appeared in battle and tournament in the twelfth century. As brightly coloured devices on banner and shield, they served to distinguish one mail-clad knight from another. With the passage of time, they became hereditary and can be seen […]


John Bradley Memorial Lecture: The Heraldry of the Civic Families of Kilkenny

Rothe House 16 Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

The Shees, Rothes, Archers, Langtons and a small group of other families who almost exclusively provided sovereigns, mayors and other civic officers to Kilkenny between 1500 and 1650, have left us many reminders of their existence in the form of heraldic stone carvings on houses and monuments. This talk will examine this rich Kilkenny heritage. […]