Listowel Through the Ages

Welcome to our new exhibition at Kerry Writers’ Museum. At Listowel Through the Ages we take visitors on a journey deep into the landscape, history and folklore that fired the genius of our writers. Discover ancient landscapes, medieval knights, the horror of famine and tales of mutiny.

Listowel Through the Ages is located in the Museum’s main auditorium adjacent to our reception and contains four distinct periods of history.

Ancient North Kerry

This area focuses on ancient sites, standing stones, and the many ring forts dotted around North Kerry, but also includes ancient beliefs & legends which date back to pre-historic times which form the fabric of storytelling at Kerry Writers Museum

Medieval Listowel

Here we focus on the many North Kerry medieval sites and in particular the Fitzmaurice Castle adjacent to Kerry Writers’ Museum. Don’t worry if you visit us during the Castle’s closed season as you can learn all about its history and architecture here. You can also hear the captivating voice of poet Brendan Kennelly recalling his memories of Carrigafoyle Castle growing up in Ballylongford.

Victorian Listowel and The Great Famine

The Great Famine in North Kerry is interpreted here and juxtaposed with the period that followed which by contrast saw the beginning of the Listowel Races, development of the Lartigue Monorail and the Great Southern & Western Railway amongst others.

An independent Ireland

Like all parts of Ireland the War of Independence and Civil War left there mark on North Kerry and very much influenced the writers we feature in our Museum. They also had an impact on our culture inspiring numerous songs and poems. You can view original film footage from the period and also discover the horrific and sad events which took place throughout Kerry during the Civil War.

Come and discover your past!