Kilkenny’s famous 17th Century attraction, Rothe House and Gardens, is to receive €7,000 for workshops under new funding from the Government.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan confirmed the details of the successful applicants in the Local and Regional Museums Scheme. Over the past six years, the Department has operated a scheme of funding support for small and medium sized museums across all of the regions.
Local Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan has welcomed the cash boost, saying that tremendous work is being done by Roisin McQuillan
and all at Rothe House.
“This is a very important time for all at Roth House as the €3.1 million ‘Renaissance Project’ gets underway,” he said.
“The project involves the imminent refurbishment of the first and second of the three houses and installation of a new exhibition space, with circulation route through the two houses and ensuring its significance is preserved for future generations and its fascinating story is professionally presented to visitors. This grant aid is specifically targeted towards workshops at Rothe House.”
Rothe House and Garden is owned by Kilkenny Archaeological Society andmanaged by Rothe House Trust. The House is open to the public as a museum, displaying some of the 2,500 historic artefacts collected by the Society since its founding in 1947.
Deputy Phelan also urged the people of the south-east to discover a rich hub of history and heritage on our doorstep.
“A visit to a local museum gives us the opportunity to take a step back and to understand better where we have come from and how our lives have changed. Local and regional museums play an important educational role, therefore, but are also the custodians and guardians of much of our important heritage.
“The aim of this funding is to help them enhance displays, improve access and promote cultural tourism. I would strongly encourage people to visit their local museum to see at first-hand the local historical artefacts they contain as well as to view the changing exhibits which this funding will assist with.”