An ideal base from which to tour the four corners of the country, Ballymahon is centrally located and easily accessed by motorway links from Dublin, Galway and Northern Ireland. The town offers a range of activities, with local literary landmarks and specialist shopping, dining and drinking opportunities to discover. The birthplace of playwright Oliver Goldsmith and home of Irish poet John Keegan “Leo” Casey; Ballymahon is steeped in literary history.
Sitting on the River Inny, Ballymahon has long been the kayaking capital of the country – one of the few locations in the country with a four kilometre stretch of river with a range of interesting rapids that is easily accessible from a number of local entry/exit points and is suitable for all level of paddlers.
FISH OUR BEAUTIFUL WATERWAYS
Ballymahon provides great fishing opportunities as well as pretty local heritage and literary walks. Watersports are a keen favourite and the local outdoor adventure centre draws visitors from near and far with plenty of activities to entertain the children and adults alike.
EXPLORE OUR FAIRWAYS
Try one of the eight golf courses that are within easy access of your Ballymahon hotel, cottage or B&B, or enjoy a day touring the local award winning quaint nearby villages before returning back to the comfort, craic and culture of Ballymahon.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BALLYMAHON
The history of the town is a relatively young one, even though the name Ballymahon or Baile Uí Mhatháin derives from a battle at Shrule between O’Rourke of Cavan and the brother of Brian Boru – the southern Chieftain Mahon – who won out and claimed the local lands for himself.
The town itself was more recently developed from an initial settlement on the banks of the River Inny by the King-Harmons of Newcastle House and the Shuldham family of Moigh in the mid-nineteenth century. That explains the town’s late Georgian architecture with two and three storey gabled houses, colour washed and in rows of three and four. Some of the most iconic buildings in Ballymahon include the recently refurbished and lovingly restored Courthouse on Main Street.
HOW TO FIND US
Ballymahon town is located at the heart of Ireland and is approximately 100km from the capital city of Dublin (1hr, 24mins). The Royal Canal, which runs through Ballymahon, is now navigable and holiday cruisers and barges are a regular carrier of tourists and visitors from various areas alog the river Shannon.