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Listowel ( Irish: Lios Tuathail, meaning "Tuathal's Ringfort" is a market town in Co Kerry, Ireland and is situated on the River Feale, 28 km (17 mi) from the county town, Tralee. The combined population of Listowel Urban and Rural Districts is 22,668; the town itself has a population of 4,338.

Why Listowel?

The town is sometimes described as the "Literary Capital of Ireland",and a number of internationally known playwrights and authors have lived there, including Brian McMahon & John B. Keane Of Listowel, the latter wrote:

"Beautiful Listowel, serenaded night and day by the gentle waters of the River Feale.
Listowel where it is easier to write than not to write,
Where first love never dies, and the tall streets hide the loveliness,
The heartbreak and the moods, great and small,
Of all the gentle souls of a great and good community.
Sweet, incomparable hometown that shaped and made me."



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.

Writers Week Listowel

  Writers’ Week is an international acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel, County Kerry. At the heart of this annual celebration is a commitment to develo...

Listowel Horse Racing

  Harvest Festival Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st September 2013 County Kerry is the most westerly county in Ireland and is a place rich in culture and history. Famed for its literary contributions and the many festivals held each year, a major part of those festival celebrations is found ...

Listowel Seanchai Center

  The Seanchaí is a visitor attraction in the Heritage Town of Listowel which presents the works of the great Kerry writers in a unique audio-visual experience. Located in a 19th century Georgian residence in Listowel’s magnificent Square, the Centre features five of the County...

St Johns Theatre, Listowel

In 1988 a local voluntary committee began the transformation of the then Church of Ireland building into what is now St. John's Theatre & Arts Centre. The restoration project, costing £250,000 Ir, was completed in 1990.   Theatre, Music, Dance & Visual Arts Since then...

Lartigue Monorail

Located in Listowel, County Kerry, the Lartigue Monorail offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience a unique form of rail travel. The original steam-powered monorail (designed by Frenchman Charles Lartigue) ran for nine miles between Listowel and the seaside resort of Bal...

Listowel Golf Club

Listowel Golf Club was founded in 1994 and designed by the late great Eddie Hackett, located on the banks of the River Feale. The course has numberless mature trees, which come into play together with the river. The clubhouse is basic at present but there are plans afoot to build a new clubhouse...

Listowel Fishing

    The River Feale is rated as one of the outstanding Salmon and Sea Trout rivers in Ireland. In a good season it is estimated to produce at least 1,500 Salmon and Grilse and well over 2,000 Sea Trout to rod and line.   The river rises in the mountain region of county Cork an...

Listowel Castle

The construction date of the earliest castle at Listowel dates to the 13th century but the present castle was probably built in the 15th century by the FitzMaurices. The castle stands on an elevation on a steep bank, overlooking the river Feale, above the location of a strategic ford. A substa...

Garden of Europe Listowel

Located in Listowel, County Kerry, the Garden of Europe opened in 1995. It contains more than 3,000 trees and shrubs and is divided into 12 sections, representing the 12 members of the European Union at the time of the project’s commencement. At the lower end of the garden is Ireland&rs...

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