Listowel is a thriving inland town on the banks of the River Feale. In the town are the ruins of a castle which belonged to the Lords of Kerry, and was the last to hold out against the Elizabethan forces during the Desmond revolt; in 1600 it was taken by Sir Charles Wilmot, who put the garrison to the sword.
Activities and attractions include:
- Angling for brown trout on the River Galey and on the River Feale
- Teach Siamsa Folk Theatre at Finuge (3 miles/5 km)
- Trip on the train on Listowel Lartigue Monorail
- Day coach tours
- Centre for Writers Week
- ‘Wren Boys’ Championships
- Horse-racing Festival meeting in September.
There is a literary and cultural centre with a theatre which features Irish traditional music and an exhibition.