About Ballymahon

A Town of Heritage, History, Culture & Sport

An ideal base from which to tour the four corners of the country, Ballymahon town, in south county Longford 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.

The town is at the cutting edge of tourism developments with the Royal Canal Greenway bringing walkers and cyclists into town on a daily basis. Also, the local Newcastle Wood has recently been chosen as the site for the new Center Parcs Longford Forest – a €233 million woodland holiday village – the first of its kind in Ireland. It’s expected to be operational and receiving visitors in 2019.

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.

Getting Here

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.