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Kerry Literary & Cultural Center
Ranked #6 of 17 things to do in Listowel
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Listowel is the capital of the Literary Festivals in Ireland. I have attended these wonderful events and thoroughly enjoyed the talks, competitions, lectures and so many worthwhile events.Then there is the warm and sincere friendships...the welcome is mighty.. and of course bumping into the cream of the literary world is heart warming, encouraging and enthusing. But then Kerry is referred to as 'the Kingdom'! I long to go back again this year for their 42nd festival.at the end of May...they must be doing something wonderful and enticing mustn't they?

Visited May 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
“A truly unique tourist attraction”
Reviewed September 5, 2007

This attraction is unlike any other in the world. In five separate rooms, it showcases the achievements of five great writers, all of whom hailed (or hail) from North Kerry. If you're interested in writing, a visit to the five rooms of this museum will fill you with wonder as regards how such a small piece of territory could have produced so many gifted writers.

Two of the playwrights featured in the museum hail from Listowel itself. John B.Keane, famed especially for his towering trilogy of plays, Sive, The Field and Big Maggie and his magical novel "The Bodhran Makers". And also Bryan MacMahon, author of the achingly beautiful play "The Honey Spike", which captures the spirit and intensity of Irish travellers and their struggle to survive.

The poet Brendan Kennelly, who was born ten miles down the road from Listowel, also features in the museum. A Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin, his poetry is world renowned. And his dramatisation of Medea, recently produced at the Abbey Theatre, is so powerful that watching it can almost.produce a permanent lump in the throat.

Then there's George Fitzmaurice, another North Kerry playwright, author, amongst other things, of "The Moonlighters", which was produced in the Old Peacock Theatre in the 1950s. Though Fitzmaurice died in relative poverty in a flat on Harcourt Street in Dublin, his plays still soar skywards in their expressiveness.

Last, but not least, Maurice Walsh, author of the engaging and beguiling tale "Key above the Door" and like his fellow authors in the museum, another Kerryman.

Difficult to know "how one small piece of earth" produced five such brilliant artists in the twentieth century. But as Aine, the previous reviewer has commented, if you aspire to being a writer, then this museum really is a "must see".

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“Inspiration to write”
Reviewed July 22, 2007

On the way I passed a life-size figure of the great John B. Keane, and as I made my way into the center I encounter a huge monument to 'The Master', Brian Mc Mahon. Inside it is a tranquil place. Each writer has his own room, and I spend time in each. It makes me wonder about this place, with its colourful language and beautiful scenery, that has inspired so many. I leave inspired to write. Thank you all.

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