The Butlers of Ormond at Home and Abroad                                                                                                                                                    A Celebration of a Dynasty in History, Architecture and Literature


Conference Schedule

11 October 2013       

18. 00:  Craft Granary Building                                                                                                                                                                           Registration and Welcome; Official Launch of Butler Exhibition; Wine and Cheese Reception
19. 30:  Great Hall, Cahir Castle

‘The Flight of the Wild Geese: the Butlers in Baroque Europe’                                                                                                                         

Opening addresses by His Excellency Dr. Thomas Kafka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic  &                                                                      

Mr. Harald Seibel, First Secretary, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

 20.00:    Keynote Lectures

Dr. Declan Downey: In Habsburg & Bourbon Services: some Butler notables in Iberia & Flanders, ca.1630-ca.1900′  &                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Dr. Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel: The story continues: The Butlers in Austria, Bohemia and Germany’

12 October 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                

Cahir House Hotel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

09.00:  Registration       

09.45:   Opening Remarks

10.00:   The Butler Dynasty: Ken Nicholls                                                                                                        

10.30:   Some Butler Castles 1200- 1700: Con Manning                                           

11.00:    COFFEE                                       

11.30:  ‘The Butlers: patrons in the Gaelic world’:  Dr. Gearóidín Uí Chatháin   

12.00:     ‘Image and identity: the artistic legacy of the Butlers’:  Dr. Rachel Moss

12.30:    DISCUSSION

13.00:   LUNCH BREAK 

14.15 :   Heraldry & The Butlers ‘: Gerard Crotty                                                                                    

14.45:  “I came a simple soldier’s boy from Ireland”: What Schiller did to Walter Butler, and why’: Prof. Florian Krobb

15.15:   Remarks on the Book of Pottlerath and other Butler manuscripts’: Prof. Pádraig Ó Macháin

15.45:    DISCUSSION                                                  

16.15:    ‘The Cahir Butlers in the 19th-20th century’ followed by a Guided Walking Tour of Cahir: Dr. David Butler

20.00:     CONFERENCE DINNER: Cahir House Hotel  €25.00

13 October 2013                               

Excursion to Fethard

Fethard & it’s Butler Connections

11.00: Meet at the Tholsel /Town Hall in Fethard where you will be met by your guide from ‘Backs to the Wall Tours’ for an extensive walking tour of Ireland’s finest extant medieval walled town. Lunch in McCarthy’s – a wonderful traditional style Irish pub serving the very best in home-cooked good food! Two course lunch menu + tea/coffee €15.95

15.00: Conference End

Conference Details

Cost:   €25.00 (€20.00 student/unwaged/retired)                                                      

Registration takes place on 11th at Craft Granary, on 12th at Cahir House Hotel                                                                          

Lunch:(Sat & Sun) at delegates own expense.

Conference Dinner: €25.00

Excursion: Guided Tour of Fethard. €5.00 for non-registered delegates. Transport not provided.

Accommodation: Cahir House Hotel special conference accommodation rate (quote Butler Conference when booking):                        

€40 p.p. sharing, €50.00 single room                

Bookings: To reserve a place at this conference please email: 


‘The Butlers of Ormond at Home and Abroad’ conference

Starting off blog posts with details of a conference which will take place in Cahir Co. Tipperary from 11th -13th October 2013!          ‘The Butlers of Ormond at Home and Abroad – a celebration of the Butler Dynasty in history, architecture Literature’. This conference is part of The Gathering Ireland 2013 celebrations, and is kindly supported by the County Tipperary Historical Society, The Butler Trail and South Tipperary County Council.

You can find details of the conference on  and the Butler Trail is also on twitter  @thebutlertrail