What’s on

Programmes & Events


What’s On

We host a varied programme of cultural events & activities throughout the year. These include creative writing workshops for adults & children, traditional Irish music classes and performances, kid’s camps, céilí dances, history lectures, a storytelling festival and much more. To find out what’s on at Kerry Writers’ Museum please visit our social media pages or keep an eye on the events listing on our homepage. The Museum is home to the Listowel Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann who run classes in traditional Irish music, song, dance and storytelling each Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm during school terms. To book for these classes contact the secretary of Listowel CCE at listowelcomhaltas@gmail.com.

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Listowel International Storytelling Festival

Performance, workshops, spoken word, drama, film, story walks & tour, and children’s events radiate out from the Kingdom’s cultural capital, as the best of Kerry’s storytelling talent merge with invited national & international guests, offering locals and visitors an opportunity to celebrate and discover oral traditions at Listowel International Storytelling Festival each September.

A big thank you to all who attended our 2023 festival. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2024 for the 6th annual Listowel International Storytelling Festival from September 19th to 22nd.

So put a sod on the fire, give an apple to the child and pour a drink for the storyteller!



Listowel Rambling House

Listowel Rambling House revives the old Irish tradition of long ago where people come together to be entertained by songs, recitations, stories, and dance. Our Rambling House takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 8.30 pm, and on special occasions including St. Patrick’s Day and Listowel Storytelling Festival. Admission is free and a cup of tea and homemade refreshments will be served at half time! Come and join us for a great night of traditional Irish entertainment.

The ricket is thatched,
the fields are bare,
Long nights are here again,
The year was fine, but now ‘tis time,
To hear the balled men,
Boul in, boul in and take a chair,
Admission here is free,
You’re welcome in the rambling house, To hear the Seanchai.
Eamon Kelly


Open Mic Readings

The stage is open to all budding writers, poets, storytellers, and performers to come along to our monthly open mic readings. Whether you have a heartfelt poem, a captivating story, or a thought-provoking piece to share, we invite you to take the mic and let your voice be heard. Let’s come together as a community to celebrate the beauty of literature . We are looking forward to seeing you there!

‘Literary Listowel’ Readings take place on the first Thursday of every month at 11 am and ‘Poetry in the Park’ on the middle Sunday of every month at 2 pm.

Literary Listowel Open Mic


Upcoming Events

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    May 23, 2024

    Kathy White House

    Historian Vincent Carmody will give a lecture on his recently published book ‘Kathy White House’, relating the story of Listowel native Kathy Buckley – who worked as the Head Chef for three past US Presidents.

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    May 30, 2024

    Collecting Local Wisdoms through Story

    In this storytelling workshop, participants will be taken on a trip down memory lane led by storyteller Maria Gillen, where the fruits of the trip are highly valued and collected.

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    LVAC Socials 2024


    May 31, 2024

    Listowel Visual Artists’ Collective

    Join us as we celebrate visual arts, poetry and literature from Wednesday 29th May to Sunday 2nd June, across three venues in Listowel!



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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