Ireland has a reputation as a literary country -- a fact which has, for better or worse, exerted an influence on the kinds of tourists it attracts. The traveler who keeps a diary of her experiences will likely enjoy a visit to Beckett's birthplace. This was definitely true for our very own NiceGinna, who, on a recent trip to Listowel for Irish Writers' Week, kept a journal of her experiences that made your editors proud. Our Traveler of the Week is putting it all on paper.
“One of Ireland’s prettiest villages,” Adare is a hamlet whose name means “ford of the Oak.” It boasts a history dating back to 1200 CE: “A bit out of town is Desmond Castle castle which was built around this time and was held by the Earls of Kildare until 1536 when it was forfeited to the Earls of Desmond. Across the river is the Franciscan Friary, founded in 1464 by Thomas, the 7th Earl of Kildare, for the ‘Franciscan Friars of the Strict Observance.’ It is now a ruin.” Elsewhere in the village, a “warm and welcoming church,” once demolished by Henry the VIII, offered a glimpse of the region’s Catholic history.
For Writers' Week itself, NiceGinna got to sample from a smorgasbord of literary offerings. In addition to writing workshops, the event gave her access to interviews, readings, and competitions: “There are also pub crawls, literary walks, a storytelling contest, and other events. The main venue for the events is the Listowel Arms Hotel where you can also enjoy meals, entertainment, and a lively pub. Around the town are many other venues, including this year a circus tent and St. John's Theatre and Arts Centre.”
Her journal is a treat for lovers of Irish literature. We highly recommend you check it out.
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Posted by tdbeckwith (Thomas Beckwith)