A SPRING symposium hosted by Kilkenny Archaeological Society and Rothe House Trust Limited on May 5 in Kilkenny Castle will focus on the role of the Franciscans in Kilkenny.
Their long involvement with Kilkenny, centred on St Francis Abbey, dates back to and beyond the writing of Friar John Clyn whose annals date from 1315 – the year of Edward Bruce’s invasion of Ireland – and end in 1348, the year of the decimating Black Death of which he himself was believed a victim.
Topics will include how the Franciscans lived and what they achieved; the devotional landscape of late mediaeval Gaelic Ireland; Donatus O’Mooney’s early-17th-century description of the Kilkenny Friary; and the history and architecture of the St Francis Abbey.
Tickets are €20 from Rothe House. For more information, contact Rothe House on 056 7722893, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.rothehouse.com.