• For the same place in Canada, see Listowel (Ontario).
  • For the title of Earl of Listowel Earl of Listowel see.

Listowel ( Irish: Lios Tuathail ) is a town in County Kerry. It lies on the River Feale, about 28 kilometers from the county administrative headquarters Tralee and has 4,338 inhabitants ( 2006).


In the Irish railway history Listowel has a meaning, because here in 1888 with the Listowel Ballybunion Railway was opened the world's first commercial monorail. It was designed in the " Lartigue system " named after its inventor. It could carry both people and goods. Today in Listowel is a replica completed in 2003, the historic railway in operation. Interesting is also the ruins of the castle.


In the context of Ireland's largest literature festival, Listowel Writers' Week, which takes place annually in early summer in Listowel, Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award is awarded.

In the last week of September, annually holding a well-known horse races.

The later British Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener and politician born Gunsborough Villa in Listowel - 1850 was in Crotter House. His father was there, acquired in 1848 after his retirement from the British Army, the estate.


Listowel is on the N69. Bus services to Tralee, Cork and Limerick. The nearest railway station is located in Tralee.

Relations with other cities

Listowel (Ontario) was named after the Irish town. Cities partnerships with the U.S. towns Shawnee (Kansas ) and Los Gatos.


  • Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum ( 1850-1916 ), Field Marshal and politician
  • John B. Keane (1928-2002), novelist and playwright