Triennial Kilkenny Gathering 2024
“Stronger Together”

Kilkenny Castle, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Wednesday 28th August to
Sunday 1st September 2024

After several years of pandemic and lock-downs, the Butler Society is delighted to resume our traditional Triennial Rally at Kilkenny Castle in August 2024. But, with a small yet significant change in the name of the event. From now on this event will be known as ‘The Butler Society Gathering’ as the term ‘Gathering’ better describes the coming together of our family and our kith and kin from around the world. Everything else builds on our experiences and knowledge gained from earlier events.

Sold Out – Sign up to the waiting list below for back-up tickets.

Our last actual Triennial Gathering event to be held at Kilkenny Castle was in 2015. That’s almost 9 years ago! In 2017, we celebrated our Golden Jubilee in a shorter, though nonetheless significant, celebration at Kilkenny Castle. Our German Branch also hosted an excellent Gathering in 2017. And in 2018 we held our most recent Triennial Rally in London, England. We recognize there have been other events too in the prelude to the pandemic. In 2022, The Southern Cross Branch took the brave first step following the immense challenges presented by the pandemic, with their excellent Gathering event in Melbourne, Australia in 2022. And in 2023, the USA & Canada came together with the first officially named Butler Society Gathering event in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada – and that was a great success.

Looking ahead…

The Committee of The Butler Society looks forward to hosting our 2024 Gathering event at Kilkenny Castle with visits to places of Butler Family interest in Kilkenny and environs. It is going to be a very special and memorable experience. We invite you to sign up now. We have 60 tickets available.

We hope to see you in Kilkenny!

Take care.

The Committee of The Butler Society.

A Bird’s Eye View Of Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle was the seat of the Butler family from 1391 until 1967. Our family history radiates from this significant property which was superbly restored by the Irish State. The Castle and grounds are now managed by the Office of Public Works.

A visit to Kilkenny Castle will linger in the memory for a lifetime.

County Kilkenny is a place to gather where culture and adventure, city and countryside, and friends and family meet. There is so much to explore in the medieval city and beyond.

A rare opportunity to attend a thrilling series of events!

From stunning scenery to Castles and venues that will take your breath away, you will hear from expert speakers as they share more of your Butler family history and how our experiences as Butlers in Ireland and across the world have shaped our day-to-day lives wherever you live on the planet. You may meet with old friends and family … you’ll have an opportunity to connect with Butlers’ whom you’ve not met before – from Ireland and globally. Find out how you may be related through the genealogical resources of The Butler Society and more …

How much will it cost?

The cost is just 395 Euros for the whole event, excluding travel and accommodation, travel insurance and any other costs that you may incur in attending the event. This includes a 50 Euro registration fee. Exceptionally,  if you want to attend the Butler Society evening reception and dinner only (Saturday 31st August), we have 25 tickets available at 120 Euros each. In an effort to keep costs low, we’ve spread the cost over the whole event. For this reason, we’re not able to offer a reduced cost for partial attendance of the event. We’re grateful for your understanding. Please also note that we cannot offer refunds on tickets so please ensure that you add the costs of attending the event to your travel insurance.   

We’re grateful to our community partners and volunteers who have tried to make the event affordable for as many folks as possible. More details in the event resource section. Remember, only a limited number of people can attend, and you must be a current, paid-up member of the Society to book your place and to attend. If you are not yet a member or want to renew your membership, you can do so here. We recommend you book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

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Event Itinerary:

Note: The details may be subject to change as there are a lot of moving parts to this event. Dates and venues are confirmed.

Further: Wine is included in most meals, unless the venue is a tea/coffee/cake reception. A cash bar may or may not be available at some venues.

Overview Of The Triennial Butler Gathering, Kilkenny, Ireland

Note: All times given are approximate. The website will be updated as more information becomes available.

VENUE: Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle.

Note: this is a late afternoon start to the whole event.

Dress – summer casual.

5-6.30pm Registration of Attendees, Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle, wine and canapes reception.

6.30pm Welcome from Interim Chair-Editor, Dr David J Butler

6.45-8pm Launch, Journal of the Butler Society 6:2 (2021-2024), with a talk by Historian & Committee Member, Turtle Bunbury

Evening Social opportunity to further meet and greet family & friends in ‘The Hole in the Wall‘ pub

Full day Coach outing to:
CASTLE DURROW (1712-1715)

Dress – summer casual.
9.00am Assemble at The Parade outside Kilkenny Castle. The coach will leave at 9.30am sharp so please aim to be early

9.30am Coach departs from The Parade bound for Ballyconra House (1724) now known as Tirlán Ballyragget. Tour. Talk. Morning tea & coffee.

Ballyconra House courtesy of National Inventory of Architectural Heritage

=> Back on coach.  View Ballyraggett Castle Tower House (1495) from the coach

Ballyraggett Castle courtesy of Kilkenny People

Transit to Castle Durrow

12.15-1.45pm Lunch at this lovely eighteenth century manor house built 1712-1715

Castle Durrow – all rights reserved, Castle Durrow

1.30pm Assemble at coach.

1.45pm Depart. Transit by M8 motorway to the Butler heritage town of Cahir

Cahir Town – Courtesy of Harry Ryan (Aged 13)

2.30pm Appx Arrive at St Paul’s Church of Ireland

St Paul’s Church, Cahir – Courtesy of Harry Ryan (Aged 13)

Visit to the John Nash designed, Glengall Butler commissioned St Paul’s Church of Ireland (b. 1812-1815). Talk on the Butler heritage town of Cahir, the church and a short organ recital on the newly rebuilt Connacher two manual and pedal organ (1896).

=> Drive to Carrigeen Castle.

Carrigeen Castle Cahir – Courtesy of Craig Ryan (Aged 13)

Carrigeen Castle Cahir – Courtesy of Craig Ryan (Aged 13)


Afternoon Tea and garden tour of Carrigeen Castle, the former bridewell (1812-15) of The Cahir Butler estate.

5.30pm Assemble at coach.

5.45pm Coach departs for Kilkenny. Transit time appx 1 hr.

6.45pm Arrives at The Parade, Kilkenny Castle.

Day ends. Free time to rest or explore!

Full day Coach outing to

CURRAGHMORE ESTATE (1755 built around a 12th century towerhouse)

Dress – summer casual.

9.00am Assemble at The Parade outside Kilkenny Castle. The coach will leave at 9.30am sharp so please aim to be early

9.30am Coach departs from The Parade bound for Ormond Castle Tudor Manor House in Carrick-on-Suir transit time appx 45 minutes

10.15am appx Arrive at Ormond Castle. Tea/coffee on arrival, followed by talk on further renovations by the Irish Office Of Public Works since 2017; visit (chapel, gardens, new audio-visual, charters/facsimiles in charter room)

11.45 Depart by coach to Curraghmore Estate arr 12.15, home of The Marquess of Waterford and their Poer ancestors for over 850 years.

Curraghmore – all rights reserved, Curraghmore.

Lunch, tour of house & gardens, Shell House (1754), Clonegam Estate Church (1741), and talk on Butler-Poer Connection (Julian C. Walton, past Butler Society Journal contributor)

The Shell House courtesy of Curraghmoor Estate

Arrival at Curraghmore Estate 12.15 -12.30pm, divide into Group A & B.

Group A will begin a tour with the Head gardener to show them the grounds and visit the Shell House (1754) in the gardens. Once finished he will bring them back to the courtyard where a tour of the Main house will commence.

Groups A & B will switch with Group A then having lunch in the Tea Rooms at 2pm with Group B then touring the Estate.

3.45pm Assemble at Coach

4.00pm Depart by coach for Maidenhall, home of Hubert Butler family for refreshments and walk about the ground floor and grounds (Courtesy of The Crampton Family). Transit time appx 1 hr

Maidenhall – all rights reserved Suzanna Crampton

=> Arrive at Maidenhall. Approx 5pm. Walk up the avenue (cars available to assist where needed) Stay approx one hour.

Refreshments and walkabout the ground floor and grounds. The former home of Hubert & Peggy Butler, still in Butler ownership through their daughter Julia and their resident granddaughter, Suzanna Crampton and members of the Crampton family.

=>Back on the coach. Return to The Parade at Kilkenny Castle, appx. 6.30pm

Day ends. Return to accommodations.
Evening free for your own plans.

Butler House Gardens – all rights reserved, David J. Butler

VENUE: Butler House, Kilkenny

Butler House courtesy of Butler House

Dress: summer casual

Morning venue: Butler House, Kilkenny

9.30am-12.30pm Consecutively:

  • The Triennial General Meeting of The Butler Society
  • ‘Dunboyne 900’ –  The Hubert Butler Memorial Lecture
    Speakers: Our new Butler Society President, Richard Pierce Theobald Butler, 20th/30th Baron Dunboyne & Dr. Lawrence Butler Perks; followed by …
  • Genealogical Forum – hosted by Historian Turtle Bunbury together with Dr David J Butler and Craig L.Foster joining us via live link from Utah, USA  – submit your questions for the Forum in advance here>

Lunch – there is no lunch provided, so you are free to make your own arrangements.

2pm An afternoon historical city tour is planned with former Head Tour Guide of Kilkenny Castle, Frank Kavanagh. After 4 decades of service to the City, Frank is oft referred to as ‘Mr Kilkenny Castle’, and is recognized as a Kilkenny Ambassador. Frank will be known to you as one of our administrators on The Butler Society Facebook. This afternoon’s tour will be packed with insights and stories – some of which you’ll not hear anywhere else …! Contingent on the weather, but, it may happen anyway! More closer to the event. More details as we have them. You might also consider taking a city tour for the afternoon in your own time. More info in the Kilkenny Resources. The small city road train is available directly opposite Kilkenny Castle as an example.

For the dinner, dress code will be smart business attire, jacket and tie

6.30-7.45pm  Drinks Reception, The Picture Gallery, Kilkenny Castle  – Sláinte!

8-10.30pm Gala Dinner, The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle

The Parade Tower Kilkenny Castle courtesy of Dept of Heritage Ireland

Gala Dinner ends 10.30pm/11pm. Return to accommodations.

There will be an 11.15am Morning Service in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, burial place of many Butlers and site of many fabulous Butler memorials.

Others may wish to have some free time.

Don’t miss the ‘farewell for now’ lunch in the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle between 1pm and 3pm!

The weekend will wrap up with our new Butler Society President, Richard Pierce Theobald Butler, 20th/30th Baron Dunboyne and our new Chair Dr. David J. Butler (who has also served as Hon Editor of The Butler Society Journal for many years) sharing vision for the future of The Butler Society worldwide and a brief Q&A session.

And we then go out and try to help make the world a better place as the Butler Family worldwide.

Butler Aboo!

Slán go foil!

(Irish Gaelic meaning “goodbye for now!”).

The Committee of The Butler Society.

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Event Resources:

Note: All the information included here is provided in good faith. We do not warrant any information, prices, claims or offers made by third party service providers.

In booking your tickets for this event you accept the terms of booking stated here and elsewhere.

Health and Safety

Please follow all travel advice about your stay in Ireland

The Butler Society does not take any responsibility for any injury, loss or damage to any member, their family or possessions during the Rally. Please make sure you have appropriate travel insurance to cover all eventualities.

Parents are at all times responsible for the safety and wellbeing of their children as appropriate.

Kilkenny – where is it?


If you live outside Ireland you will need to ensure that you have the needed travel documentation to ensure entry to Ireland. Find out more at the official Irish Government website.

The national emergency numbers in Ireland are 112 or 999.

The main hospital in Kilkenny is St Luke’s General Hospital

Travel insurance:

Always ensure that you have adequate health and personal property coverage for the whole of your stay. Here’s a helpful guide.


In Ireland, we have the Euro. In ball park terms (early 2024) one Euro is worth around $1.09 US; $1.60 Australian; 87 pence in pounds sterling; $1.46 Canadian. Rates fluctuate so please check.

Here is a handy currency converter.


Closest airports:

The nearest airport to Kilkenny is Waterford which is 68km away; followed by Dublin (DUB) Airport which is 109.3 km away. Other nearby airports include Shannon (SNN) (112.6 km) and Cork (ORK) (122.9 km. [Waterford may not be available as an option depending on where you live].

How to get to Kilkenny from airports closeby, click here.

By rail

By bus

The usual car rental companies are well represented at the airports.

Expedia, among other online resources, provide car rental cost comparisons at Dublin Airport and elsewhere in seconds. Click here.

Tourism Information:

Where To Stay?

Finding accommodation close to Kilkenny City Centre can be challenging.

We recommend you search online with websites such as:
Kilkenny Tourism

Where To Eat?

There are so many excellent restaurants and other places to eat. And wonderful pubs connecting you with days gone by. Kilkenny Tourism is probably the first place to start your search.

We will add more resources as opportunity allows.


Please bear in mind the Society is facilitated by volunteers. All our efforts are carried out beyond our own day-to-day work and commitments. Your patience in waiting for a response from us is appreciated.

A WhatsApp group will be established for attendees to communicate with the organizers and with other attendees. This will be set up a month or two before the event initiates.

Updates will be emailed to paid up members registered on the website.


Is there a family rate or discount rate?
Unfortunately, no. The cost per individual has been calculated to offer the best possible value.
Can I attend part of the Gathering and pay less?

We regret that we cannot provide a discount if you attend the Gathering event in part. We have equalized our costs in an effort to provide the best possible value to our membership. The ticket cost, whether you attend in whole or in part, will be 395 Euros, including the registration fee of 50 Euros. The only exception we have made is for people who may want to attend the Butler Society Reception & Dinner event on Saturday, 31st August 2024 only. For this, exceptionally, the ticket cost is 120 Euros.

Is this event for children too?

It has not been possible to provide for children with this event. Our goal is indeed to engage the next generations of our families to perpetuate the Butler Society. We are concentrating on rebuilding the Butler Society strength following on from the global pandemic. We very much want to organize more child friendly events in future.

What is the refund policy on tickets for the event?

What is the refund policy on tickets for the event?

Your ticket is non-refundable so please ensure that you are certain that you want to go ahead and purchase tickets. Please be sure to read our Terms of Booking

Please make sure that you include the cost of your Butler Society Gathering tickets in your travel and cancellation insurance.

We regret we can no longer make exceptions and trust that you will pursue any refund(s) through your travel insurance and be sure also to know the criteria by which refunds may be applied for through your insurance provider. We thank you for your kind understanding.

I have dietary needs, can you accommodate these?

As long as we have an indication of your needs at least 21 days from the start of the Gathering event, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. We will liaise further with everyone who registers for the Gathering concerning their menu choices for the various venues.

I would like to drive to the various venues rather than take the bus - can I get a discount for the amount of the seat(s) on the bus?

As we have equalized the soft and the hard costs across the Gathering event, it is not possible to provide such a discount.

Our community partners to the Butler Society Gathering in Kilkenny

We’re honoured to include:

Butler House

Carrigeen Castle

Castle Durrow

Curraghmore House

Heritage Ireland

Kilkenny Tourism

Langtons Kilkenny

Office Of Public Works

St Canice's Cathedral

Maiden Hall & The Crampton Family

Buggy's Coaches Ltd, Kilkenny

The event Advisory Group includes:

The Committee of the Butler Society, Ireland

Ben Murtagh, Principal Archaeologist, Kilkenny Castle

Anne Teehan, National Historic Properties, OPW, Kilkenny Castle

Frank Kavanagh – Kilkenny Ambassador & former Head Tour Guide at Kilkenny Castle

We thank each and all for their steadfast commitment and help through troubled times. This event will be a celebration of you all as we stand on the shoulders of our Founding Fathers and those who have gone before us.

To the future!
Butler Aboo!

The Butler Society.