The impact of the historic Butler family both in Ireland and throughout Europe was celebrated at a conference in Cahir at the weekend.
The attendance of His Excellency Dr. Thomas Kafka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic and Mr. Harald Seibel,
First Secretary, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, underlined just how important the family are in European history.
The conference, ‘The Butlers of Ormond at home and abroad - A Celebration of a dynasty in history, architecture and literature,’ opened on Friday night in the great hall of Cahir Castle with a talk on ‘the Flight of the Wild Geese - the Butlers in Baroque Europe.”
Other talks on Friday concentrated on the Butlers in Iberia and Flanders, and also on the Butlers in Austria, Bohemia and Germany.
Architecture and artistry associated with the Butler family as well as the Butler family as ‘patrons of the Gaelic world’ were topics for the conference on Saturday, and a walking tour of Butler sites in Cahir was included in the day.
On Sunday conference goers were invited to Fethard for a walking tour of the stunning medieval walls.
The conference attracted many locals as well as those not only with an interest in Butler history but those with a Butler heritage and family links.
The Butlers of Ormond at Home and Abroad - A Gathering event in Cahir.
The Butler Trail in association with sponsors The County Tipperary Historical Society, South Tipperary Tourism Company and the IPB Gathering Fund hosted this three day event, which began on 11th Oct with a wonderful launch and reception at the Craft Granary.
Proceedings moved to the Great Hall in Cahir Castle where talks focused upon the network of Butler families and their relatives who established themselves in the mercantile, military and noble elites of Europe during the 17’th and 18’th centuries, and revealed their participation in some of the most momentous events of European history.