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“A truly unique tourist attraction”

The Seanchai Kerry Writer's Museum
Ranked #6 of 20 things to do in Listowel
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Seanchaí – Kerry Writers’ Museum honours over eighty writers from Kerry over the centuries, some of which have become national and international figures in the world of literature. It is a museum of words and spirit where the imaginative worlds of the great Kerry writers are evoked
Reviewed 6 September 2007

This attraction is unlike any other in the world. In five separate rooms, it showcases the achievements of five great writers, all of whom hailed (or hail) from North Kerry. If you're interested in writing, a visit to the five rooms of this museum will fill you with wonder as regards how such a small piece of territory could have produced so many gifted writers.

Two of the playwrights featured in the museum hail from Listowel itself. John B.Keane, famed especially for his towering trilogy of plays, Sive, The Field and Big Maggie and his magical novel "The Bodhran Makers". And also Bryan MacMahon, author of the achingly beautiful play "The Honey Spike", which captures the spirit and intensity of Irish travellers and their struggle to survive.

The poet Brendan Kennelly, who was born ten miles down the road from Listowel, also features in the museum. A Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin, his poetry is world renowned. And his dramatisation of Medea, recently produced at the Abbey Theatre, is so powerful that watching it can almost.produce a permanent lump in the throat.

Then there's George Fitzmaurice, another North Kerry playwright, author, amongst other things, of "The Moonlighters", which was produced in the Old Peacock Theatre in the 1950s. Though Fitzmaurice died in relative poverty in a flat on Harcourt Street in Dublin, his plays still soar skywards in their expressiveness.

Last, but not least, Maurice Walsh, author of the engaging and beguiling tale "Key above the Door" and like his fellow authors in the museum, another Kerryman.

Difficult to know "how one small piece of earth" produced five such brilliant artists in the twentieth century. But as Aine, the previous reviewer has commented, if you aspire to being a writer, then this museum really is a "must see".

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Reviewed 23 July 2007

On the way I passed a life-size figure of the great John B. Keane, and as I made my way into the center I encounter a huge monument to 'The Master', Brian Mc Mahon. Inside it is a tranquil place. Each writer has his own room, and I spend time in each. It makes me wonder about this place, with its colourful language and beautiful scenery, that has inspired so many. I leave inspired to write. Thank you all.

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Reviewed 6 July 2016
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