Situated in north Kerry on the banks of the River Feale, the town of Listowel is an attractive urban centre. Perhaps most renowned for its literary offsprings, the town is also a thriving sports, industrial, as well as artistic hub.
A quick name check reveals the extraordinary contributions the town has made – John B. Keane, Bryan MacMahon, the Listowel Races, St John’s Theatre and Arts Centre, and Writers’ Week.
In this book, which is a supplement to his widely-praised Listowel and its Vicinity (1973), J. Anthony Gaughan looks at the town and its hinterland from a wide variety of perspectives. He takes into account the antiquarian and archaeological activity in the area over the past thirty years, the parish, the town, commercial and industrial development, education, writers, visual arts, cultural activities and recreational pursuits.
All told, this is a fascinating account of modern history, guaranteed to be of interest to locals, historians and tourists.
About the Author
Historian, author and priest, J. Anthony Gaughan has written and published several acclaimed volumes on Irish historical figures including Austin Stack: Portrait of a Separatist and Alfred O’Rahilly: Controversialist. He has written two memoirs: At the Coalface (Columba Press) and Recollections of a Writer by Accident (Kingdom Books).
Originally from Listowel, Fr Gaughan retired as parish priest in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.