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[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]

"LISTOWEL, a parish, post and market town, in the baronies of Clanmaurice and Iraghticonnor, county Kerry, province of Munster, Ireland. The parish is 2½ miles long and 1 mile broad. The surface includes a considerable area of bog and waste, and is traversed by the river Feale, and the road from Tralee to Limerick. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ardfert and Aghadoe, value with others, £335. The church was built by a gift from the late Board of First Fruits in 1819. The Roman Catholic chapel is united to that of Knockanure. There are National and several day schools. Ballinruddery is the demesne of the Fitzgeralds. The town is situated on the banks of the Feale, 170 miles S.W. of Dublin, and 40 N. of Killarney. It is a well-built and clean-looking town of ancient origin, approached by a five-arched bridge. The church is in the later English style. The Roman Catholics have a chapel. There is a chief police station. Petty and quarter sessions are held in the town. The castle formerly belonged to the Fitzmaurices of Duagh, who held it by grant of Henry II. It gives title to the Earl of Listowel. The Poor-law Union lies within the county of Kerry, and has 21 electoral divisions. There are a dispensary and fever hospital. Tuesday and Friday are market days. Fairs are held on the 13th May, 26th July, and 28th October."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

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