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Kerry Writers’ Museum

Visit Kerry Writers’ Museum in the beautiful Historic Town of Listowel for a journey through the stories, poetry and songs of the great Kerry writers. What better way to spend a day!

Kerry Writers’ Museum

Listowel has always been a magnet for visitors passionate about the written word, storytelling and all things cultural, so it should come as no surprise that we have constructed a splendid building for them in the heart of our town; it is called Kerry Writers’ Museum. A place that celebrates the stories of the past and helps create the stories of the future.

Kerry Writers’ Museum

Kerry Writers’ Museum – a tastefully restored 19th century Georgian townhouse – is the living repository of Listowel’s wonderful literary heritage. Each of Listowel’s celebrated literary greats have their own designated ‘Writer’s Room’ (John B Keane, Bryan MacMahon, Brendan Kennelly and Maurice Walsh). Each room contains a host of audio and written educational material, including recordings of local actors reading and performing excerpts from the various writers’ works, as well as a popular audio-visual presentation of the surrounding Kerry landscapes, the unique and beautiful countryside that inspired these writers. The Writers’ Rooms all include visceral art installations and reconstructions, which help bring each writer’s works to life and help transport the visitor back to the literary Listowel of the past.

Castle View Cafe & Gift Centre

Kerry Writers’ Museum provides visitors with an opportunity to voyage into Kerry’s literary and cultural past, immerse themselves in the dreams, words and stories of these great writers; but is also a living cultural and tourist centre, a place for visitors to relax, shop and be themselves.

Visitors can browse and explore the Museum’s book store and gift shop and have a lovely scone and cup of Alfredo coffee in the Castle View Cafe. When the weather is fine, and Listowel festival season kicks in, take a coffee into the Museum’s elegant forecourt and enjoys views of Listowel’s Norman castle and the statue of literary great Bryan MacMahon.

The Stories of the Future

Our Museum is where we lovingly and passionately preserve our literary heritage, but it is also a welcoming home for contemporary literary talent, helping foster the poets, storytellers and writers of the future. The Museum regularly hosts historical lectures, traditional ‘rambling houses’, traditional music events and coffee mornings for various charitable causes. The monthly Poetry in the Park event, organised by reputed local poets like Micheál Gallagher, Barbara Derbyshire and Marian Relihan, showcases local literary and poetic talent and is a wonderful celebration of the living culture of Listowel and Kerry.