The Seanchai 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 Kerry’s most esteemed writers – John B. Keane, Bryan MacMahon, George Fitzmaurice, Brendan Kennelly and Maurice Walsh.
Kerry’s literary genius
The writings of these national and internationally renowned literary figures are filled with an abundance of rich characters, humour, romance and tragedy drawn from the towns and villages of North Kerry. The words of the writers will make you laugh and cry, but above all you will come away from your visit to Seanchaí with a sense of the people and places that shaped Kerry’s literary genius.
The 'Literary Capital of Ireland'
Listowel, and indeed North Kerry has been described as the 'Literary Capital of Ireland' and has produced an abundance of world famous writers, giving it a uniqueness not to be found in any other part of Ireland. Seanchai honours over eighty Kerry-based writers, some of whom have become national and international figures in the world of literature.
- June to August: Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 5 pm
- September/October: Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 4 pm
- November to February: Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.
- March to May: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm
Museum tours depart one hour before closing
Available to open weekends for group bookings by appointment
The Seanchai Restaurant is also open for coffe & tea as well as lunch
Monday to Friday – 10 am to 4 pm
Lunch served from 12 pm to 3 pm
Tea/Coffee & Desserts from 3 pm to 4 pm
(Restaurant open at weekends for group bookings only)