Built in 1914, this substantial building representing an important element of the architectural heritage of Kilkenny on account of the associations with Ellen Odette Desart (née Bischoffsheim), forth Countess Desart (1857-1933) who sponsored the development of the hall in conjunction with the Kilkenny Theatre. Countess of Desert has been called '"the most important Jewish woman in Irish history". She was the daughter of Henri Louis Bischoffsheim, a wealthy Jewish banker of German origin. He was responsible for founding three of the largest banks in the world; The Deutsche Bank, Paribas Bank, and Societe Generale.
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