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Listowel - Kerry - The Square

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Listowel (Lios Tuathail, 'Tuthail's fort', in Irish) is a market town in County Kerry, Ireland, and is situated on the River Feale, 28 km (17 miles) from the county town, Tralee. The combined population of Listowel Urban and Rural Districts is 22,668; the town itself has a population of 3,589 (CSO census 2002).
A famous horseracing meet called the Listowel Races or Harvest Festival takes place here annually, usually in the last week of September.

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  • County: Kerry
  • Town: Listowel
  • Scene: The Square and Church
  • Date: circa 1915

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Listowel

Listowel (Lios Tuathail, 'Tuthail's fort', in Irish) is a market town in County Kerry, Ireland, and is situated on the River Feale, 28 km (17 miles) from the county town, Tralee.

The combined population of Listowel Urban and Rural Districts is 22,668; the town itself has a population of 3,589 (CSO census 2002).

A famous horseracing meet called the Listowel Races or Harvest Festival takes place here annually, usually in the last week of September.

A number of nationally known playwrights and authors have lived there, including John B. Keane and Bryan McMahon

Geography

Listowel is located at the head of the North Kerry limestone plain. Rested in the very heart of North Kerry, on the River Feale, its hinterland is an area of mainly dairy agricultural use. To the north is the Irachticonnor barony, with Clanmaurice to the south. Surrounding villages include Ballybunion, Ballyduff, Lixnaw, Duagh, Causeway, Asdee, Finuge, Tarbert, Ballylongford and Lisselton.

5 km (8 miles) from Ballybunion, home to one of the most famous golf courses in the world.

Listowel is on the N69 Limerick - Foynes - Tralee road. Bus Éireann provides daily services to Tralee, Cork, and Limerick. The nearest railway station is Tralee. Listowel used have its own railway station on a broad gauge line between Tralee and Limerick city, however this was closed to passengers in 1963, freight in 1978 and finally abandoned and lifted in 1988. The station building has been preserved as a private residence. The current town clerk is John Doody , Castleisland former town clerk of Tralee .

History

A unique part played by Listowel in Irish railway history is that of having hosted the world's first monorail operation. The Lartigue system connected the town with Ballybunion, with a double-engined steam locomotive straddling an elevated rail. Coaches, with a compartment on either side of the rail, had to be kept balanced. If a cow was being brought to market, two calves would be sent also, to balance it on the other side. The calves would then be returned, one on either side of the rail.

The 15th century ruins of Listowel Castle have been rebuilt and now the castle is a tourist attraction in Listowel. The castle formerly belonged to the Fitzmaurices of Lixnaux, who held it by grant of Henry II. It gives title to the Earl of Listowel.

Writers Festival

Listowel is also the home of Irelands biggest literary festival. Held annually. For mo

re information check out the following link: Listowel Writers Week.

People from Listowel

  • Jimmy Deenihan, Gaelic footballer and TD
  • John B. Keane, writer
  • Tadhg Kennelly, footballer
  • Tim Kennelly, footballer
  • Bryan MacMahon, Judge
  • T. F. O'Rahilly language scholar
  • Michael J. Stack, Member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Séamus O Sullivan, writer and musician

Related places

  • Listowel, Ontario is a town in Ontario, Canada, named after the Irish town.
  • Sister city (since 1985) with Shawnee, Kansas, United States
  • Sister city with Los Gatos, California, United States