Welcome to Listowel, located in County Kerry on the banks of the River Feale. Listowel’s is first mentioned in the Plea Roll in 1303. The town developed around Listowel Castle which at the time was fortress to the Fitzmaurice family, and its magnificent Square.
Listowel is often described as ‘the Literary Capital of Ireland’ and is celebrated in the 'Writer's Week' festival every year. Writer's such as John B. Keane, Brendan Kennelly and Bryan MacMahon are among Listowel's most distinguished scribes. At the Seanchaí Centre (Literary and Cultural Centre) a unique audio visual experience documents Listowel's literary tradition.
Listowel's a rich architectural heritage is displayed in many of the unique shop front designs which can be seen throughout the town.
With events throughout the year, Listowel offers great variety to visitors including theatre, cinema, traditional music sessions (Feile Lios Tuathail), literary weekends (Writer's Week), Listowel walking and heritage trails, golfing, pitch and putt, fishing, the beautiful ‘Garden of Europe’, and pub entertainment in John B. Keane’s world famous hostelry. Listowel’s festivals includes annual Writers’ Week Literary Festival in June and Listowel Races and Harvest Festival in September and Listowel Food Fair held in November. Other attractions include Listowel Castle and the unique Lartigue Monorailway.
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