Medieval Market at Rothe House

Medieval Market at Rothe House

Rothe House on Parliament Street – Ireland’s only intact Tudor Townhouse and garden – will play host to an enchanting Christmas Craft Market for the duration of Yulefest.

Festive music along with costumed characters and twinkling Christmas lights will set the tone for a magical winter wonderland within the rooms and courtyards of the Rothe Family home.

‘Rothe House is such a magical place’, says Grace Fegan, Executive Manager. ‘When you add evergreen garlands, sparkling lights and the sights, sounds and smells of a Christmas Market there’s just nowhere else like it’.

Open free of charge from 2pm – 8pm on Fridays, 10am – 6pm on Saturdays and 12pm – 6pm on Sundays throughout Yulefest, visitors are encouraged to browse the stalls and choose from a wonderful array of gifts for loved ones, enjoy a choice of seasonal food and drink or simply soak up the Yulefest atmosphere. ‘We’re really pleased with the choice and the standard of crafts that will be on offer’, says Grace. ‘As well as professional craftspeople we will also have stalls from much-loved community groups such as Cois Nore, Camphill and Kilkenny Men’s Shed’.

Spotlight on Crafts - Denise O’Connell

From her outreach work with The South Eastern Cancer Foundation, Denise was inspired to establish MySkin.ie and create bespoke products for patients on a cancer journey to help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Over the years, Denise was delighted with the hugely positive feedback from her clients, and embarked on further training with aromatherapy and essential oil innovators like Andrea Butje and Rhiannon Harris.

The skincare products in the myskin.ie range are based on Denise’s many years of working in massage, aromatherapy and reflexology. 

All products have been fully tested and fine-tuned to help with many types of skin issues, such as sensitivity, eczema, scars and ulcers.

Valerie Byrne

For the past number of years Valerie and her partner have owned and run the very successful "Grennan Mill Clothing" in Thomastown. In her latest venture Valerie has turned her attention to the design and manufacture of Ladies and Gents Fashion Collars.

The collars come in a Cashmere Wool blend and are designed to combine the warmth and comfort of a scarf with the ease and elegance of a cravat. The result is a beautiful neck piece guaranteed to keep you warm while still looking elegant.

The blend of vibrant colours and range of designs are testament to Valerie's considerable talent and creative eye.