The OPW has welcomed the Morpeth Roll exhibition to Kilkenny Castle. The Morpeth Roll is a testimonial containing approximately 160,000 signatures that Lord Morpeth received from Ireland on stepping down as Chief Secretary in 1841. This unique Roll will be on display from tomorrow until October 26 in Kilkenny Castle.
Speaking at the opening event, OPW Commissioner John McMahon said he was delighted to welcome such a unique and priceless artefact to Kilkenny Castle. “I am also very pleased this evening to welcome the Mayor of Kilkenny Martin Brett and our guest speaker, Dr. Christopher Ridgway. This exhibition has brought to light the special connection between two great families, the Earls of Carlisle and the Butlers of Ormonde, in their family home. Lord Morpeth had a particular affiliation with Kilkenny and was a regular visitor, both in a private and public capacity, so it is indeed appropriate that Kilkenny Castle plays host to the Morpeth Roll exhibition,” Mr McMahon said.
“On behalf of the OPW, I would like to thank the Morpeth project team for enabling the Roll to be made available to the Irish people, having lain unrecognised in the basement of Castle Howard for more than a century. My particular thanks to Simon Howard, owner of Castle Howard, Dr. Christopher Ridgway and Dr. Terence Dooley for their invaluable work on this wonderful exhibition,” he added.