Article Independent - Nov 6, 2010

Secret Ireland: North Kerry


John Rs, Listowel

By Pol O COnghaile

Saturday November 06 2010

In part four of our series on Ireland’s hidden corners, Pól Ó Conghaile tracks down a dinky train, a mysterious cave and a park within a park in the Kingdom. Pictures by Ronan Lang

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The freshly baked muffin

Listowel's most famous son may well be John B, but if it's muffins you're after, the man to talk to is John R. Housed behind a red and white, 19th-century shopfront on Church Street, his home bakery and delicatessen is a treat cupboard of freshly made and additive-free produce.

I stop by for a browse, taking in the tidy range of chutneys and chocolates, coffees and confectionary, before spotting a stack of muffins (€1.50) atop of the deli display. They're wrapped in baking paper and bursting with blueberries and strawberries. My only quibble is that John R's has no seats, leaving me to shuffle down the street with paper bag in hand.

Details: 70 Church Street, Listowel. Tel: 068 21249;


- Pol O COnghaile