The Fall of the Fitzmaurices by Kay Caball launched in Listowel


Launching this week, Kay Caball’s book ‘The Fall of the Fitzmaurices’ outside the ancestral castle of the Fitzmaurices, Lords of Kerry, the last bastion that stood against the forces of Queen Elizabeth in 1569.

The Fall of the Fitzmaurices, tells the story of the demise of the Fitzmaurice family, who had been powerful Lords of Kerry, since the year 1235. By 1818, after over five hundred years as Kerry’s premier family, through a combination of extravagance, irresponsibility, and feckless living, their titles and estates were no more. A potent story of power, wealth, land, money, and sex among the Irish aristocracy in the 18th century.

The book is now available in Kerry bookshops: Woulfes, Easons Listowel, O’Mahonys, Polymath Tralee, Stacks Londis & Foleys Lixnaw, Rosses Centra Ballyduff, Flynns Shop Causeway and online at:
Pictured: Paul Shannon (Listowel Printing Works), Ciara Casey (Design & Typesetting, Listowel Printing Works), Jimmy Deenihan (North Kerry Literary Trust), Brenda Woulfe (Woulfe’s Bookshop Listowel), Liam Dooley and Cllr Jimmy Moloney.

Cllr Jimmy Moloney representing his aunt – the author Kay Caball, unable to be present because of the 5km Covid regulation. Photo By jkphotography