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.