THE influence of Kilkenny and its early emigrants in the establishment of Washington will be highlighted at a fascinating Heritage Week talk in our castle’s Parade Tower on Friday, 3pm.
From Parliament Street to Pennsylvania Avenue will be by influential local writer and historian Denis Bergin, a past pupil of St Kieran’s College.
There are self-guided tours of the Castle Park Trail and free admission on Sunday.
Artists can sketch from portraits in the Picture Gallery until Friday, 3pm to 5pm.
In the Parade Tower on Sunday, 2.45pm is Secret Tricks of Master Painters.
Petticoat Politics is a study of the role of women in the development of the castle and the management of its estates, Aoife Brennan, Tapestry Room, tomorrow, Thursday, 4pm.
The Butler connection with the castle is highlighted in Peter Kenny’s The Tale of Hubert Walter, the oft neglected 12th century Archbishop of Canterbury and his legacy within the Butler family history, today, Wednesday.
On Sunday at noon, art historian Jane Fenlon speaks on The Ormondes in their 17th century environment.
At 1pm conservator Siobhan Conyngham on the restoration of the castle’s portrait of Lady Elizabeth Butler, a noted beauty, a society figure as Countess of Chesterfield and ancestor of the Queen Mother.