Púca Story Trail


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We would like to acknowledge the generous support received for this project from Kerry County Council under the Community Support Fund 2023.

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Follow our museum mascot Púca the Hare and discover interactive stories specifically designed to engage our younger visitors. Discover five stories of local folklore gathered by school children in the 1930’s for the Irish Folklore Commission. Based in North Kerry, you will encounter stories of fairy forts, faction fights and ghostly goings on! All of Púca’s stories are brought to life using augmented reality with illustrations created by 5th class pupils of Scoil Realta na Maidine (Boy’s Primary School), Listowel.

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Púca the Hare

A Púca is a famous shape shifting creature commonly found in Kerry, who likes to wreak havoc in the human world. Púcas enjoy confusing and terrorizing us. They are all around us – sometimes appearing as hares, goats or even humans with animal features like horns or tails – most often active at night! You may not believe that Púcas exist but there are hundreds of stories to prove that they do. But don’t worry our mascot is a friendly Púca. In fact she is an Irish mountain hare and she loves showing visitors around our Museum. So follow her in the glass door and discover the stories inside.

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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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