Kilkenny, Ireland.

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Erected in 1594 by John Rothe, a wealthy city merchant, and his wife, Rose Archer.



KAS as it is familiarly known is the historical society for the County of Kilkenny, Ireland. Its name was taken when it was refounded, in 1946, from the nineteenth-century society to which it was the successor. Whilst the interests of members do include archaeology, it is by no means the only or main focus of the Society.

The Society owns its own headquarters, the sixteenth century Rothe House, illustrated here before its complete restoration. The house, which is open to the public, is actually a complex of three houses, three courtyards, and the extensive Rothe Family garden, situated on Parliament Street, part of the main thoroughfare of the city of Kilkenny, the medieval capital of Ireland.

The house is now managed on behalf of the Society by Rothe House Trust whose web site may be viewed here.

In pursuit of its objectives the Society organises a regular programme of activities, has its own library and museum  and publishes an annual journal.

PROGRAMME: outings are held during the summer months and lectures through the winter, usually in the Phelan room at Rothe House. Occasional exhibitions are also held: for details see Rothe House.

OLD KILKENNY REVIEW: the journal of the Society is published annually. It is distributed free to all members and can be purchased by non-members. Submissions of articles or notes of Kilkenny interest are welcomed from members and non-members alike.

LIBRARY: the Society has built up a superb library, by gifts and purchase, over the 50 years of its existence. All the major reference works relating to the city and county of Kilkenny are held, as well as many hard to find minor publications. Among its more important holdings are runs of local newspapers through the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

ARCHIVES: the Society's collections include family papers, estate and business records, solicitors' deposits, maps and charity minute books.

MUSEUM: the museum houses a general, mixed collection related to the city and county of Kilkenny. It ranges through stone age artefacts; pre-Christian monuments, craft tools, medals, paintings, costumes and ....... much more. Exhibitions have included:
    200 Years of Fashion 1800s -1990s,
        Collecting arms, crests and monograms: a forgotten pastime.

GENEALOGY: an indexation project has been conducted at Rothe House for many years and Rothe House Trust offers a genealogical research service.

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Rothe House, Parliament Street, Kilkenny, Ireland.

 Page updated 14 December 2011