The Book of Pottlerath Committee was very pleased to be part of Kilkenny Castle Day on Saturday. Before the official opening, committee member Seamus Brennan presented children from Pottlerath, with a booklet he had bound himself, containing the history of the book illustrated with a number of pages from the Book for their school, Kilmanagh National School.
Margery Brady gave a brief history of the Book of Pottlerath stressing that it was very important to Kilkenny as it had been started in Kilkenny Castle by the 4th Earl of Ormond’s scribes between 1410 and 1452 and was completed in 1454 by the scribes of Edmund Butler, who had built Pottlerath Castle, Kilmanagh.
In a battle in Piltown, part of the War of the Roses, Edmund was taken prisoner by the Desmonds and the Book of Pottlerath and another book were used as ransom for his release. Some generations later, whan one of his descendants, 9th Earl of Ormond married a daughter of the 10th Earl of Desmond it came back to the famly as part of the dowry. After the history Margery introduced OPW Minister Brian Hayes, who declared the exhibition open. Another committee member, Peter McQuillan, proposed a vote of thanks to the Minister. The exhibition will remain in the Castle for 8 weeks - admission free.