It’s magnificent 15th century Castle, the last stronghold of the Fitzmaurice Family, the Earls of Kerry is now open to the public during the summer, dominates the town of Listowel. Listowel is famous for its cultural links through the international Listowel Writers Week attracting well-known authors from around the world in early June of each year. The St. John’s Literary, Arts, and Cultural Center, the Lartique Monerailway and the ‘Gardens of Europe’ in Childers Park reflect the rich cultural history of North Kerry. The Listowel Races are held annually in September.