Listowel Castle and town

Started out with breakfast at home – Irish sofa bread and soft Brie from the farmer’s market. It was good enough to deserve a picture – I love the breads here.

After a late night we had slept in and decided to just go to Listowel Castle ruin today. It is another tower house castle built by the Fitzmaurice family in the 15th century and was the last bastion against Queen Elizabeth’s forces in the First Desmond Rebellion.

Today only two of the four towers remain.

View from the back with our very knowledgeable tour guide. You can also see the Listowel race track where weeklong horse races will be held just after we leave. The middle is a farm and land is leased to the race company twice a year for races.

View of the castle from the river – this was actually the front.

St Mary’s Church

Listowel Arms, the orange and black building, the only hotel in Listowel. There are however countless B&Bs. Larger than it looks, it has 40 rooms and three restaurants. Also a terrace that overlooks the racetrack.

We went back to the Horseshoe for dinner – not much else was open on Sunday. But it was worth going to! Far better than we would have expected for Sunday bar food!

Brie starter

Roast Duck

Lamb Cutlets

And finally, we got to have some Banofee Pie

Did I already mention that the food is far better here than rumored? We have not had a bad meal, really not even an only so-so meal. It’s all been very good to excellent.

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