Online Exhibitions


Online Resource

In recent years Kerry Writers’ Museum has developed a number of online exhibitions focusing on our cultural heritage, and historical events in North Kerry as part of the Decade of Centenaries. Here you can explore comprehensive records of these events which are an invaluable online resource for teachers, students and anyone interested in Kerry’s rich history.

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Online Exhibitions

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Listowel Police Mutiny 1920

On June 19th 1920, fourteen rank and file members of the Royal Irish Constabulary in Listowel defied the order of their superior officers and refused to hand over the control of the barracks to the British Military, and to adopt a shoot to kill policy against the local community. This incident – forever more known as the Listowel Police Mutiny – was a seminal event in the Irish War of Independence.

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The War of Independence in North Kerry 1921

A centenary commemorative exhibition produced by Listowel & District Historical Society in conjunction with Kerry Writers’ Museum.

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Kerry’s Amateur Dramatic Heritage

For the greater part of the 20th century, theatre audiences throughout rural Ireland were almost solely reliant on the amateur dramatic movement. In the aftermath of the Civil War communities in the newly-formed Free State turned to amateur drama, to develop some semblance of social re-invigoration. From the 1930s onwards, amateur drama became the only means of social entertainment.



Discover the stories and immerse yourself in the rich literary history of Kerry and book a tour today.



What people are saying about us
  • Popped in here to escape the rain and get a cup of tea and cake. Very reasonable prices and great service. Then noticed the little hare jumping around on the wall when I used the toilets! Looked very intriguing and prompted us all to buy tickets to the museum. Wow! So worth it as the exhibits and the way it was presented was lovely, really unusual. So informative and so different to other museums. Really good value for money and a real highlight to the town.

    Great Service (Trip Advisor Review)

    – March, 2023

  • Most impressive is how ingrained in both The Creative & local communities The Seanchaí is, from the workshops, coffee mornings & plain old drop ins, To Book launches, poetry recitals, projects & engagements with the local schools. The Seanchaí is a much loved and universally treasured cultural icon. By the inhabitants of Listowel, most of Co. Kerry and West Limerick.

    Mark Ollerhead (Google Review)

    – March, 2023

  • We had requested the 30-minute tour, but happily lingered for an hour longer than we had planned. As we exited, we looked at each other and laughed out loud at our good fortune. We could have so easily missed this experience that left us feeling moved, intrigued and a bit more educated about the Kerry writers. In our delight, we failed to tip our guide but I will be going to your donations page to make a modest pledge in gratitude for our host whose name we did not record to memory.

    Jane Braswell (Google Review)

    – March, 2023

  • Our visit to the Kerry Writers Museum was a very memorable experience from beginning to end. Cara, who was working at the centre that day, was very welcoming and most helpful. The exhibition of the Kerry writers was imaginative and most engaging. The seanchai relating the background stories each writer was magic! A wonderful experience all round.

    Cara (Google Review)

    – May, 2021

  • This museum has been developed with great care and meticulous attention to detail. The audio elements are matched perfectly to the installations which are beautifully presented. The option to activate the audio guides in each room without resorting to the use of handheld devices worked very well. This is a must see/hear for anyone with an interest in Irish writing. There is also a little coffee shop and gifts on sale.

    Beautifully Curated (Trip Advisor Review)

    – July, 2019


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