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 this page of our website. 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 9 am to 12.30 pm during school terms. To book for these classes contact the secretary of Listowel CCE here.

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Listowel International Storytelling Festival

We are delighted to announce that the 5th annual Listowel International Storytelling Festival will take place from SEPTEMBER 14th to 17th at Kerry Writers’ Museum. It will feature a packed programme of events including storytelling sessions & workshops, story & history walks, children’s events, and music sessions.

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Our 2023 Festival will bring the best of local, national & international storytellers to Ireland’s Literary Capital including Maria Buckley Whatton from Liverpool, Patsy McDermott from Cavan, Paddy O’Brien from Cork and local storytellers Frances Kennedy, Sonny Egan & Bryan Murphy.

Click HERE to download our 2023 Festival Programme

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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 Seancha.
Eamonn Kelly

Irish actor & playwright


Upcoming Events

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    Literary Listowel Open Mic


    August 3, 2023

    Literary Listowel Open Mic Reading

    A screening of the acclaimed documentary on the North Kerry poet, first broadcast on RTE in 1994. The film explores Kennelly’s routes in Ballylongford and his journey to becoming one of Ireland’’s best loved poets.

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    Listowel International Storytelling Festival


    September 14, 2023

    Listowel International Storytelling Festival

    A screening of the acclaimed documentary on the North Kerry poet, first broadcast on RTE in 1994. The film explores Kennelly’s routes in Ballylongford and his journey to becoming one of Ireland’’s best loved poets.

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    September 22, 2023

    Culture Night 2023

    Join us for an evening of music, story, poetry and dance for Culture Night 2023 featuring the finest of local artists.



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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