Meet Our Team

The success of Listowel Writers’ Week is in no small part down to the dedication of its loyal and committed voluntary Team, who give tirelessly of their time and expertise in the months leading up to and including the festival itself.

Over the coming weeks we will be posting a selection of Pen Portraits of our team and this week, to coincide with the launch of his latest book: Listowel – Snapshots of an Irish Market Town 1850-1950, we spoke to Vincent Carmody.

A native of Listowel, Vincent has been involved with Listowel Writers’ Week since the 1980s, and he introduced the Literary Walk that takes place every morning during the festival.  These walks have become increasingly popular and take in the literary landscape of Listowel and the surrounding area.

A genuine lover and chronicler of the town, Vincent says he originally became involved with Listowel Writers’ Week because of the positive manner in which the festival projects Listowel.  He retired from the post office in 2007 after 38 years of service, but even before his retirement he was busy writing, and produced his first book: North Kerry Camera in 1989.

His latest book had its genesis in a rubbish skip of all places, where he found a bunch of old billheads dating back to the 1890s.  Fascinated, Vincent decided that these and similar documents could form the basis of an interesting book, and that it would be an interesting way of recording local history.

The hardback book is beautifully presented, with colour, black & white and sepia photos, and would make a beautiful Christmas present.

The launch of Listowel: Snapshots of an Irish Market Town is taking place this Sunday 9th December 2012 in The Listowel Arms Hotel at 5pm, and the Speakers will be Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Justice Bryan McMahon, and Jerry Kennelly, Founder and CEO of  Master of ceremonies will be Billy Keane.


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