Often described as the 'Literary Capital of Ireland', Listowel is a market town, only 17 miles from Tralee.
Situated in the very heart of North Kerry on the River Feale, Listowel is a hub of art and culture and has produced some internationally known playwrights and authors, including Bryan MacMahon and John B. Keane, who wrote of Listowel: "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 ...' Ireland's biggest literary festival 'Listowel Writers' Week' takes place every year in Listowel and, since its beginnings in 1971, has grown to beome one of Ireland's leading literary festivals.
St John's Theatre and Arts Centre in Listowel hosts a wide programme of theatrical events throughout the year.
The annual Listowel Races is the last major racing festival of the Summer and is the joint longest racing festival in Ireland, being the same duration (7 days) as the Galway Races.
Listowel Castle, one of the best examples of Anglo-Norman architecture in Kerry is open to the public on a daily basis, having been restored by the OPW to some of its former glory. The adjacent Seanchaí Literary Centre is intended to help visitors learn more about the castle's history.
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