Listowel, on the River Feale in County Kerry, is a market town of about 23,000 residents. It is a picturesque “heritage” town with a stone bridge of five arches traversing the Feale at the community’s entrance. Listowel Castle is an Anglo-Normal style structure built in the fifteenth century. Two of its original four towers remain, and a heavy curtain wall connects them. The castle has the unusual feature of an arch below the battlements. Laetitia and her group visited the castle and rode on a replica of the original train that operated on the Listowel and Ballybunion Railway, the world’s first monorail railroad. The replica engine looks like the original steam engines that pulled the train, but is in fact diesel powered.
On the walkabout, Laetitia watched an incident that engendered the limerick of the day.
When a gardener lady named Powell
Bent over to work with her trowel
In short skirt without knickers,
It engendered loud snickers
From the neighborhood boys of Listowel.