House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Listowel Town has many on-going activities and we recommend a visit the "pub theatre" nights in John B. Keanes pub located centrally in the town and only minutes from your accommodation on the edge of town.
Our family home is Derry House and Derry Cottage is one completely separated half of the property which is for your totally private, self-catering use.
It is also accessible for disabled guests and wheelchair user guests.
Please contact us for more information about our facilities.
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BEDROOM 1 - King size bed and en-suite.
BEDROOM 2 - King size bed plus a single bed and en-suite
BEDROOM 3 - Double bed plus a single bed with en-suite suitable for wheelchair user.
The wet-room has two access doors and is accessible either as an en-suite for Bedroom 3, or for general use by locking one of the doors.
Other facilities include hair dryer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, double electric oven and induction hob, Welcome Basket, etc.
Free wireless internet access 24/7.
DAY TRIPS: Just a few suggestions -
*Limerick City - only 45miles from here
*Adare Village with it's quaint thatched houses.
*Bunratty Castle - outside Limerick - perhaps take in a Medieval Banquet show.
*Kiss the Blarney Stone" at Blarney Castle and visit nearby Cork City (about a 2 hour drive).
*Titanic Experience" - Cobh near Cork City,Cobh (pronounced "Cove") and formerly called Queenstown, was the pick-up point for 123 passengers before the ship embarked on that fateful voyage to America. This year commemorates that tragic event 100 years ago.
*Tralee Town" and it's Geraldine Museum and more.
*Killarney Town" - Muckross House, Killarney's Lakes and the surrounding area - Take a trip with a jarvey in a jaunting car.
*Dingle Town" - take a boat trip on the bay and meet Fungie the Dolphin
*Castlemaine is a town you may pass through - but wait - this was the birthplace of "The Wild Colonial Boy" - Jack Duggan was his name - famed in the Australian balled of the same name.
*The Ring of Kerry Drive - absolutely fabulous - and then back over the scenic Connor Pass
*Cross over the Shannon River into County Clare to visit the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren
*Crag Cave - 30 minutes away discovered in 1983 and thought to be over 1 million years old.
*Take the short trip to Asdee, a neat little village between Ballylongford and Ballybunion. Home of the wild west outlaw Jesse James. His father emigrated from here to Missouri where young Jesse was born on September 5th 1847.
*Ballybunion Golf Course" - if it's good enough for Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods to play a round here......
*Ballybunion Surf School" - With four miles of golden blue flagged beaches, Ballybunion offers waves for beginners, intermediates and the wild Atlantic cliff break provides exhilarating surf for the seriously advanced.
*Dromin Equestrian Centre is just a few minutes from us.
*Salmon and Trout Fishing on the River Feale - the river meanders around the town of Listowel.
*Listowel Golf Course and a Pitch and Putt Course are a few minutes from here.
We sincerely hope this has given you an idea of how well positioned we are, here in Listowel, to enjoy many local amenities and wonderful day trips to fantastic scenic drives and cultural locations.
Return to your accommodation, relax and later. maybe stroll to the town for some "craic agus ceol" - fun and music.
Derry House is actually 300 metres off the main Listowel to Tarbert road and in a quiet cul-de-sac.
The road has five other family homes along it, all professional people, and we are the end house.
Situated in County Kerry, Listowel is designated a Heritage Town and is twinned with:-
Los Gatos, California, USA,
Listowel, Ontario, Canada,
Shawnee, Kansas, USA,
Downpatrick in Northern Ireland,
Panissiers in France
Michalowice in Poland
There are also Kerry links with Galicia in Spain.
Listowel – (Lios Tuathail - The Fort of Tuathail) was an earthen fort.
Listowel's history goes back to the 12th century with the Listowel Castle and the Fitzmaurice family.
Listowel is a famous literary town and frequently called The Literary Capital of Ireland.
Annually, in May/June it hosts Writers' Week, a literary festival overflowing with art, drama, poetry, film, music and story telling.
Local man, John B. Keane, wrote many well-known short stories and plays about Irish life.
One of his stories, "The Field", ended up on the big screen and starred Richard Harris, John Hurt and Sean Bean
A few miles from the town, a local man, Maurice Walsh, penned a book with a well known title - "The Quiet Man", which was adapted and turned into a Hollywood film starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
A few miles up the road is the town of Foynes.
The same actress, Maureen O'Hara, is a patron of the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, largely due to the fact that her late husband, Capt Charlie Blair, was a flying boat pilot and flew the last scheduled flying boat out of Foynes to New York.
It was to Foynes that passengers made their way from the flying boats which used to land on the nearby River Shannon.
It was also here that our world famous Irish Coffee was invented!
*Irish Coffee Making Championships" - this is held annually in Foynes, around June.
Visit the Flying Boat museum and perhaps sample a wee drop in a local hostelry.
If you do intend travelling out for a few auld pints of Guinness or whatever, locally or a little further afield, John will be happy to drop you there and collect you later to bring you home safely- so no need to worry about drinking and driving - only enjoying yourself!
Also, if you need a "sitting-service" for pets, children or adults, we can take care of that for you.
Pet walking/feeding service can also be arranged should you wish to take a day or two away by yourselves.
The Listowel Racecourse hosts two horse-racing events each year and the race course is only a 3 minute drive from here.
One of Listowel's treasures is The Garden of Europe, located in the Town Park.
It contains over 2,500 trees and shrubs from all over Europe.
It is only a short distance from us - right beside the golf course and down by the riverside.
If you need information on anything for your vacation with us, we will be happy to have it ready for you on, or before, arrival.
We wish to Thank You most sincerely for considering staying in Derry House, Listowel, County Kerry.
Every Good Wish
Betty and John
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ballybunion 16 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Kerry International and Shannon Airport (90km) 40 km, Nearest railway: Tralee 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
Please respect the property and your neighbours.
This is a quiet, respectable location and we wish to maintain that peaceful and relaxed way of life.
No Stag Parties - No Hen Parties.
Bad or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in immediate termination of rental - WITHOUT REFUND.
Your property will be clean and tidy when you arrive.
We like to keep our prices low and not charge a cleaning fee, so please help us maintain a low price, we ask that you leave the property clean and tidy when you leave.
This is a self catering property and we ask that you keep the property clean and tidy both inside and outside - Thank You.
A cleaning service can be provided if necessary.
OVERNIGHT VISITORS: If you have visitors who decide to stay overnight, please note you will be charged the appropriate rate at the time.
Whilst in the property we would ask that you do not wear high-heeled shoes or any footwear which might damage the wooden floored areas.
Finally, in keeping with many accommodation properties and public properties in Ireland, we ask that you do NOT smoke in the property.
The County Kerry region
Explore and discover our charming villages and towns, all steeped in local traditions and heritage. From our Gaeltachts (Gaelic speaking regions) to our larger towns; all are bubbling with hospitality, local gatherings and festivals, and our great passion, Gaelic Football!
Kerry is blessed with an awe inspiring natural backdrop. Every setting is magnificent and around every corner is pure character. Rolling farm lands meet the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean with pristine golden beaches and nestled in between are hidden valleys, glacial lakes and Scenic Mountain routes.
Savour the majesty of our surroundings - villages and towns with mountainous or oceanic influences, craggy mountain ranges rolling down to the dramatic cliffs and shores of magnificent peninsulas and headlands – North Kerry Head.
The Ring of Kerry (Iveragh), Dingle and Beara peninsulas. Whether climbing Ireland's highest peaks, Carrantouhill or Mount Brandon, or navigating the challenging sounds of our offshore islands, The Skellig (Sceilg) and Blasket Islands, building a sandcastle or tapping your feet to a local traditional music session – Kerry will inspire you.
Travelling through North Kerry
It is only when visitors to North Kerry wonder at our countryside and lifestyle, do we stop to reflect a little on what we have!
Idyllic country lanes, vibrant rural communities, stunning golden beaches, world famous links courses, great literary feats and the natural storytelling gifts of North Kerry locals.
Arriving to Kerry through Tarbert sets the scene! The Killimer ferry is an activity in itself offering the opportunity to dolphin watch enroute. Tarbert is home to the Bridewell, built in 1831 and for more than 100 years it served as a Courthouse and Jail. Its historically informative Exhibition depicts rough justice in 19th Century Ireland. Stop for a coffee in the Ferry House, a 200-year-old building that was once the Leslie Arms.
Heading towards Listowel, experience Moyvane’s Nature Trail and Village Walk. This takes pride of place in the village and has won the Kerry Open Gate Award.
Listowel is regarded as the “Literary Capital of Ireland”. World famous writers such as John B Keane, Bryan McMahon, Maurice Walsh and George Fitzmaurice are the foundation stones for Listowel Writers' Week. A designated Heritage Town, Listowel displays a myriad of wonderful architectural features and these can be viewed on the Heritage Trail. Take in the “Big Bridge” and the “Garden of Europe” that contains more than 2,500 trees and shrubs from all European countries.
Festivals include Listowel Writer’s Week; the famous Listowel Races and Harvest Festival of Ireland; Listowel Food Fair and check out the theatrical events and educational programmes at St. John’s Theatre and Arts Centre. Visit The Seachaí for cuppa or to take a tour of Listowel Castle. Other amenities include the Lartigue Monorail; Pitch and Putt; Golf; Angling, Horse Riding; Tennis; and a Sports Centre.
Heading towards Ballybunion, enjoy the rural countryside of North Kerry passing through Lisselton. Alternatively, should you take the coast road from Tarbert, you will visit Ballylongford, birthplace of one of Ireland's finest poets, Brendan Kennelly. Ballylongford hosts an Oyster Festival the highlight of which is the oyster swallowing competition! Carrigafoyle Castle, a listed National Monument is located on Carrigafoyle Island. Built between 1490 and 1500, it features a spiral staircase of 104 steps that visitors can climb to this very day. Standing 30m high it has stunning views from its battlements.
Ballybunion is truly a great seaside town. Blue Flag beaches, seaweed baths, buckets and spades, sandcastles, picnics, periwinkles, candy floss and blue Atlantic waves with sea breezes full of salty air! The iconic ruined castle on the cliff top separates Men’s Beach and Ladies Beach. There are the famous hot seaweed baths on Ladies beach and on Men’s beach visit the surf school and learn the art of balancing upright on a board while on water! The cliffs over the beach have a scenic walking path, featuring a blowhole, sea stacks and a multitude of wildlife. They are one of the best land based places to view dolphins. The path takes about 20minutes to walk, and goes around to the “Nun’s Beach”, a beautiful beach with no access that is overlooked by an old convent. The famous song the “The Cliff’s of Dooneen” is based on these cliffs
Ballybunion’s Links Course established the village so firmly on the global map that it brought President Bill Clinton to Ballybunion and his statue, outside the Garda station, is now a reminder of his famous visit. Other favourites are fishing and horse riding. The Tinteán Theatre, regularly hosts shows and plays and the children’s playground is also very popular. Ballybunion Health and Leisure Club offers daily rates to visitors and is open 7 days a week.
Enjoy Ballyduff, a village successful in both Gaelic Football and Hurling.
Close to the village at Rattoo, a Round Tower reaches to a height of 28m and is the only complete round tower in Kerry and dates from the late 10th or early 11th centuries.
Listowel is regarded as the “Literary Capital of Ireland” World famous writers such as John B Keane, Bryan McMahon and George Fitzmaurice are the foundation stones for Listowel Writer’s Week.
A designated Heritage Town, Listowel displays a myriad of wonderful architectural features and these can be viewed on the Heritage Trail. Take in the “Big Bridge” and the “Garden of Europe” that contains more than 2,500 trees and shrubs from all European countries.
The Seanchai Kerry Literary & Cultural Centre
The Seanchaí is a visitor attraction in the Heritage Town of Listowel which presents the works of the great Kerry writers in a unique audio-visual experience. Located in a 19th century Georgian residence in Listowel’s magnificent Square, the Centre features five of the County Kerry’s most esteemed writers – John B. Keane, Bryan MacMahon, George Fitzmaurice, Brendan Kennelly and Maurice Walsh. The writings of these national and internationally renowned literary figures are filled with an abundance of rich characters, humour, romance and tragedy drawn from the towns and villages of North Kerry. The words of the writers will make you laugh and cry, but above all you will come away from your visit to Seanchaí with a sense of the people and places that shaped Kerry’s literary genius.
Lixnaw ( incorporating Iremore & Rathea)
Lixnaw was once the seat of the Earls of Kerry. In 1320 Nicolas, the third baron of Lixnaw, erected the Castle of Lixnaw, built the old bridge, and improved the village. In 1600 Sir Chas. Wilmot and his forces garrisoned the castle and established it as their centre of operations. It was subsequently re-taken by Lord Kerry who entrusted its defense to his brother Gerald, who was eventually forced to surrender the castle due to a shortage of water. Today, nothing remains of the Castle of Lixnaw. An interesting point about the Earls of Kerry is that one of the descendants, later Lord Lansdowne, who was born in Dublin but was largely reared in Lixnaw (except when he was in Eton), became British Prime Minister in 1782. Later Lansdowne Road was named after him and it became the common name for that great rugby stadium in Dublin.
Lixnaw is situated near the River Brick over which there were originally two stone bridges, from which the village got its name.
Places of interest - Korean War Memorial
Erected to honour the Irish soldiers who died in the Korean War. A total of twenty-nine Irishmen died while serving under conscription in the US Army under the banner of the UN from 1950-1953. The monument takes the form of a stone arch, 12 feet (3.7 m) high and 17 feet (5.2 m) wide with three granite slabs on which all 35 names, addresses and dates of death are inscribed. Due to the intricate layout of Lixnaw village, this memorial has proven to be very difficult to find, even for the locals.
The earliest castle at Listowel dates to the 13th century but the present castle was probably built in the 15th century by the FitzMaurices.
The castle stands on an elevation on a steep bank, overlooking the river Feale, above the location of a strategic ford. A substantial part of the front of the castle survives consisting of two large, square towers of four storeys, standing almost to the original height of 15.3 metres, connected by a wall of the same height and linked together by an arch on one side. A major programme of conservation works has been undertaken at the castle including the provision of an external staircase to allow public access to the upper levels.
Guided Tours: -Maximum number 12 - Duration: 40 minutes - Admission: FREE
Please note site is very restricted and can only accommodate groups of 12. All tour groups should pre-book.
Additional Information: Restricted access for visitors with disabilities Contact Details Address: The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Telephone No: +353 86 385 7201 Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Opening Hours19th May - 31st August Daily 09.30 - 17.30 Last admission 45 minutes before closing Facilities Toilets and car/coach park close to site. Toilet for visitors with disabilities in the adjacent Kerry Literary & Cultural Centre. Restaurant Monday - Friday in the Kerry Literary & Cultural Centre
The Lartigue Monorail, Listowel
Located in Listowel, County Kerry, the Lartigue Monorail offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience a unique form of rail travel. The original steam-powered monorail (designed by Frenchman Charles Lartigue) ran for nine miles between Listowel and the seaside resort of Ballybunion. Operating from 1888 to 1924, it carried passengers, livestock and freight along a rail supported on A-shaped trestles. It occupies a special place in railway history as the only monorail of its type to operate successfully on a commercial basis. During its lifetime, the original Lartigue Monorail was an object of much interest, curiosity and amusement.
Nowadays, your visit includes a short demonstration journey on a full-scale diesel powered replica of the original monorail. During the journey you will experience the unique features of the monorail and will observe its ingenious switching system. Before or after your journey, you can visit the Lartigue Museum to watch film of the original Lartigue and see models, displays and memorabilia of the Lartigue and main-line railways. The friendly staff, consisting mainly of volunteers, will be on hand to provide information and answer your questions. http://www.lartiguemonorail.com/index.php
The Garden of Europe, Listowel
Opened in 1995, this garden contains over 3000 trees and shrubs. The garden is divided into 12 sections, each of which represents one of the 12 member countries of The European Union at the time of the commencement of the project.
At the lower end of the garden is Ireland’s only public monument in memory of those who died in the Holocaust and to all victims of injustice and oppression The other end has as its focal point a splendid bust of the poet Schiller who was the author of the European anthem, Ode to Joy, which was set to music in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Listowel Writers’ Week Ireland's Premier Literary Festival
Since it’s inception in 1970 Listowel Writers’ Week has been recognised as the primary event in Ireland’s literary calendar. North Kerry is the birthplace of many of Ireland’s most prominent writers past and present including Dr. John B Keane, Dr Bryan Mac Mahon, Professor Brendan Kennelly, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, George Fitzmaurice, Maurice Walsh and Robert Leslie Boland. Writers’ Week festival was established in 1970 to celebrate those writers and to provide an opportunity for Irish writers in general to develop their talents and meet new audiences. The event takes place in a unique atmosphere of learning and celebration which gives new and established writers an opportunity to discuss their work before a national and international audience. Authors worldwide travel to Listowel each June Bank holiday weekend to give readings, lectures and to be part of this very special festival. http://writersweek.ie
St. John's Theatre & Arts Centre Listowel
Theatre, Music, Dance & Visual Arts Centre
St. John's has become a premier venue in the South West for the promotion of a monthly programme of Visual and Performing Arts, featuring the best local, national and international product in Theatre, Music, Dance and Exhibitions. Annually St. John's hosts approximately 160 Arts events comprising of 80 Theatre presentations, 60 Music/Dance events and 20 Exhibitions
John B Keane’s Pub. William St. Listowel
Born in nearby Church Street in 1928, John B. Keane is something of a literary legend in Ireland. This pub which he took over in 1955 is still ran by his widow Mary & son Billy, (he passed away in 2002), It’s almost a museum to the man’s work, with posters of the countless stage productions & films, with many familiar actors, (The film of his play 'The Field’ starring Richard Harris for one), but the best reflection of the man is that it’s a hugely warm & lively, honest to goodness locals pub. Indeed apparently many of the colourful characters that have drank here over the years were source material for John B, s prolific output of poems, plays & novel.
JOHN B's hugely popular summer pub theatre kicks off in the William Street watering hole, with some great entertainment lined up for the months of July and August in the form of singing, storytelling and drama. Now in its 19th year, John B's pub theatre is undoubtedly one of the longest running events of its kind in the country, and will once again showcase a host of exceptional talents over the summer months. Proprietor Billy Keane explained that visitors to the Tuesday night sessions will be treated to some wonderful singing and storytelling from the likes of Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Mick McConnell, Paddy McElligott, Eoin Hand and Claire Keane, while the focus switches to drama on Thursday nights with groups coming from all over the country to take part in this free event. The entertainment kicks off at 9.15 pm each Tuesday and Thursday and is well worth a visit.
The Listowel Races
The Listowel Races. It is now the joint longest racing festival in Ireland, at 7 days in duration the same as the Galway Races and second in attendances only to that great event. It is the last major festival of the Summer and the last one before Christmas so the crowds make the most of the festivities. Traditionally it was the meeting where the farmers of Ireland came to spend/gamble the money they made from the harvest but it has since grown into something much larger and more wide ranging than that and everybody and anybody now attends with a warm Kerry welcome guaranteed to all. UPCOMING LISTOWEL RACES 3rd and 4th Jun 2012. Mon 17th Sep to Sun 23rd Sep 2012
Listowel Food Fair
Listowel Food Fair is renowned for promoting local cuisine raising the awareness of the range and quality of Kerry and Irish food products through a variety of seminars, tastings and cookery demonstrations.
Listowel Vintage Wireless Museum
The Museum was opened in 1986 to mark 50 years of Irish broadcasting. 1200 items are on display, there is an extensive collection of receivers, many of which are extremely rare. There is also an accompanying display of wireless paraphernalia: miniature crystal boxes, wireless trade signs, wet and dry batteries, and vintage wireless literature.
The museum is privately owned. Pre-booking is advised.
Teampaillín Bán (The Little White Churchyard)
The famine graveyard lies about a quarter of a mile outside Listowel on the Ballybunion Road. Teampaillin Bán (the little white Churchyard) is the Famine Graveyard where many nameless victims of the Irish Famine 1845 - 47 were interred in mass graves.
Plasterworks of Pat McAuliffe
Works of Pat McAuliffe The Maid of Erin and The Harp and Lion
Pat McAuliffe (1846 - 1921) left his mark on his native Listowel in the form of some unique items of plasterwork, the most famous of which is The Maid of Erin. This depicts a Romantic image of Mother Ireland surrounded by a harp and wolfhound and other symbols of Eire. Other examples of this craftsman's work can be seen on shop fronts around the town, notably Mai Quinlan's and The Harp and Lion in Church Street.