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The Ros Tapestry, a tale told in thread

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Admission to the Ros Tapestry Exhibition is included in the General Admission Ticket.

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Dates

06/08/2021 - 01/09/2022
9:30 am - 5:00 am

Location

Kilkenny Castle

Ros Tapestry

This exhibition of fifteen large embroidered panels tells the story of the Norman arrival in South-East Ireland.

The Ros Tapestry exhibition has drawn in thread the story of the Normans and their arrival in the Southeast of Ireland and the consequent development of the dynamic port of Ros is depicted in a series of fifteen large striking embroidered panels. From the initiation of a Celtic King to Hiberno-Norman commerce, the cultural legacy of Leinster is immortalised in stitches.

Everyone can now see this amazing exhibition, which is a fantastic legacy for the country, combining as it does wonderful art, admirable craftsmanship, and a multitude of fascinating stories.

The first tapestry was completed in 2002 and to date 14 of the 15 tapestries are finished.

The Ros Tapestry project is the brainchild of Rev. Paul Mooney, St Mary’s Church, New Ross, inspired by the famous Bayeux Tapestry in France, who conceived the idea of creating a series of tapestries to commemorate the Norman history of New Ross and South East Ireland.

The first tapestry was completed in 2002 and to date 14 of the 15 tapestries are finished. The final one is being stitched in Kilkenny and is nearing completion.  Volunteers throughout the country have done all the stitching, with well over 150 stitchers contributing, working both at home and in local venues.  Each tapestry is embroidered on to Jacobean linen twill fabric with woollen thread using a multitude of different stitches, such as ‘Long and Short’, ‘French knots’ and ‘Bullion knots’.  It takes approximately 1 hour to stitch 1 square inch and can take anything from 3 to 7 years to complete a panel.

Admission to the Ros Tapestry Exhibition is included in the General Admission Ticket.

An audio guide was produced by Abarta Heritage on behalf of Ros Tapestry to accompany the exhibition.

Click here for the audio guide

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Contact

The Parade
Kilkenny City
R95 YRK1

056 770 4100

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