Ballymahon is the second largest town in Longford with an urban population of 2,324 (Census 2011). It is a modern day, traditional market town, with wide open streets offering great access to exciting local waterways with a vibrant and friendly resident population.

Ballymahon is located in the heart of the Irish midlands, making it an ideal base from which to explore the newly developed walk and cycle ways traversing the region along the majestic Royal Canal, the breath-taking River Shannon and the legendary Lough Ree.

The town can be easily accessed by road, rail, bike or boat, and via the nearby Abbeyshrule
Aerodrome – if you really just want to drop in! It’s conveniently positioned equidistant
between the towns of Athlone, Mullingar and Longford on the junction of the N55 north
south national primary route and the regional R392 road. It’s also close to another main centre in the midlands and west – the town of Roscommon.

It’s a well maintained bustling rural town, hosting a community that is humming with activities, heritage, culture literary, history and adventure.

There is a rich and diverse countryside surrounding the town, an involving  combination of forest, wet boglands and idyllic waterways.

FAMOUS NAMES

Goldsmith & Casey

The author Oliver Goldsmith was born in the nearby townland of Pallas on 10 November 1728. Ballymahon has a fine monument on the main street commemorating the renowned literary figure. The area is also the centre of John Keegan “Leo” Casey the Fenian Poet whose best known work was the ‘Rising of the Moon’ who was born in 1846 and died on St. Patricks Day, 17 March 1870. Further detail on both of these literary figures can be found on the Ballymahon History Page.

Flynn & Patterson

Ballymahon is the birthplace of Mary Flynn. As a teacher in Dublin, Flynn told stories of a rabbit named Cornelius and his friends to her pupils. These later became a series of books, the best known of which is Cornelius Rabbit of Tang. The author, John Henry Patterson was born in Forgney in 1867. He was an Anglo-Irish soldier, hunter, author and Zionist, best known for his book The Man-Eaters of Tsavo (1907), which details his experiences while building a railway bridge over the Tsavo river in Kenya in 1898-99. In the 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness, he was portrayed by actor Val Kilmer.