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04 Jul 2022

Spring lecture series on Ros Tapestry at Kilkenny Castle

Spring lecture series on Ros Tapestry at Kilkenny Castle

The Ros Tapestry

A series of lectures on the Ros Tapestry will take place in Kilkenny Castle over the coming weeks.

To mark the Anniversary of 1922 and the transfer of power from Britain, it is an opportune time to look back behind the stories depicted in the Ros Tapestry to the beginning of this period in history. This year is also the 850th Anniversary of King Henry II’s visit to Ireland and extended stay in Wexford from October to April in 1172. Henry’s visit asserted his reign in Ireland and set in motion many of the events depicted in the Ros Tapestry and beyond, right up to the current day.

The first lecture, on March 10, looks behind the The Siege of Wexford panel. This event was the precursor to the establishment of British rule in Ireland by Henry II. The next lecture is on April 7 and examines the role of women in medieval Ireland through the the marriage of Isabel de Clare and William Marshal, followed on May 5 by an exploration of pre-Norman heritage and how it continues to inform present day Ireland.

The lectures take place at 7.30pm, with a tapestry viewing at 7pm.

This lecture series is delivered by New Ross Needlecraft Ltd (Board of the Ros Tapestry) in partnership with the OPW in Kilkenny Castle.

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