Maurice Walsh Whiskey Experience takes place on Sunday November 12th at 8 pm as part of Listowel Food Fair 2017. At this unique event we celebrate the great North Kerry writer, whiskey connoisseur and author of ‘The Quiet Man’ Maurice Walsh. Alan O’Donovan, whiskey specialist with the Irish Whiskey Experience and Celtic Bar & Larder, Killarney will provide the perfect introduction to Irish whiskey, learning about the history, the process and a comparative tasting of superb Irish & Scottish whiskeys. The Maurice Walsh Whiskey Experience will also include short readings from Maurice’s writing on whiskey.
Tickets – €20
On 2nd July 1901, Maurice Walsh started his first governmental post in the Customs & Excise Services. This was the year of his first assignment to Scotland at Fort William and in 1903 he began his permanent stay among the Scottish distilleries. In 1908 Maurice married Caroline ‘Toshon’ Begg – a teacher and daughter to one of the distillery owners. It was while in Scotland he developed his lover of whiskey. However, it was an Irish whiskey ‘Red Breast’ which became his favourite. The following poem is taken from his novel ‘The Spanish Lady’:
A noggin of whisky, a rouser of rum, A jug of brown ale, and again. A noggin of whisky, a rouser of rum, And laugh I at Cupid and men. Kissing men! And laugh I with Bacchus again.
‘I was always inclined towards writing, God help me, but I spent fifteen years in the Highlands – and the Lowlands where have ye been – and did not write at all. Because I was living See? Living. Neil Gunn and myself rambled the hollow lands and hilly lands and did a little work amongst the Highlands stills, got to know a good whiskey and fished and shot some in an honest and peaceful way-mostly’. Quote from Maurice Walsh
Literary Listowel ‘Open Mic’ Reading takes place on the first Thursday of every month from 11 am to 1 pm. Writers of all genres are invited along to read their work in a friendly atmosphere, which will be hosted by a member of the Seanchaí Writers’ Group. Whether you write poetry, prose or songs, everyone is welcome to perform. Our next Literary Listowel ‘Open Mic’ Reading takes place on Thursday November 2nd.
Admission is free and tea/coffee and freshly baked scones can be purchased in the Museum Café.
The Story Frog sessions take place every Wednesday from 11 am to 12 noon. The Story Frog is an original phonics and literacy preschool class which aims to support parents and caregivers in teaching their children early reading and writing skills through play. Classes are imaginative, exciting and provide children with awe and wonder experiences through glitter filled, fun and inspiring activities.
Price – €7 per child per session drop in or book in advance. Sibling discount €10 for a child plus a sibling.
About the teacher: Maria
As a mum of 2 children I understand how essential it is to stimulate growth & development from a young age. Incorporating my lifelong passion for Books & Crafting, I am delighted to be introducing The Story Frog, both educational & fun way to learn Phonics ,as well empowering parents to aid there child in developing the skills………….LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!!
Listowel Rambling House takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 9.15 pm. The “rambling house” tradition has been revived in recent years, particularly in North Kerry, where people come together to be entertained by songs, recitations, stories, and dance. Musicians, singers and storytellers are invited along to perform in an informal setting, and anyone can join in the fun. Admission is free and a cup of tea and traditional brack will be served at half time! Listowel Rambling House dates for 2017 are: