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Listowel

Listowel is a market town in County Kerry, Ireland, and is situated on the River Feale, 28km from the county town, Tralee. The combined population of Listowel Urban and Rural Districts is 22,668; the town itself has a population of 4,823 .The town is sometimes described as the "Literary Capital of Ireland", and a number of internationally known playwrights and authors have lived there, including Bryan MacMahon and John B. Keane. Of Listowel, the latter wrote:"Beautiful Listowel, serenaded night and day by the gentle waters of the River Feale.Listowel where it is easier to write than not to write,Where first love never dies, and the tall streets hide the loveliness,The heartbreak and the moods, great and small,Of all the gentle souls of a great and good community.Sweet, incomparable hometown that shaped and made me."LocationListowel is on the N69 Limerick - Foynes - Tralee road. Bus Éireann provides daily services to Tralee, Cork, and Limerick. The nearest railway station is Tralee. Listowel used to have its own railway station on a broad gauge line between Tralee and Limerick city, however this was closed to passengers in 1963, freight in 1978 and finally abandoned and lifted in 1988. The station building has been preserved as a private residence.
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