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This parkrun, close to the centre of Listowel, can be accessed by public buses which service the town. There is a car park next to the entrance to the park for those who wish to drive to the event. There are toilet facilities available in the community centre next to the start line, but I actually forgot to check if there are changing facilities, so any information on this would be helpful.


The course consists of three laps on the outer path of the park. There are some twists and turns on the route but all are well sign posted. However, because of the twists and turns, and also because of a fairly substantial climb, this is probably not the parkrun for a PB attempt. This is despite the fact that the entire course is paved. The park has a lot of mature trees and some appealing pathways that are curved in sympathy with the landscape, making this a pleasant place to walk and spend some time.


The post run coffee is had in an old picturesque hotel in the town centre about a ten minute walk from the park. The coffee is good.

X Factor

Listowel is a bustling town in North Kerry, with an interesting history surrounding the Earl of Desmond. More recently, the town is possibly better known for its literary tradition and the place where John B Jeanne lived. It is from these streets that Keane got the inspiration for many of the characters (including the typical Kerry Cute Hoor) in his writing, and this gives the place a special feel I think.

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