John Banim

















































John Banim 1798-1842

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Born in Kilkenny. He was a novelist, dramatist and poet. After a short career as an art master he turned to writing full-time. His tragedy Damon and Pythias was produced at Covent Garden. Several other plays were rejected and he turned to collaborating with his brother Michael in writing a series of tales of Irish life and history. These were known as The Tales by the O’Hara Family and ran to 24 volumes. In an obituary written for the Nation, Carleton describes him as “Ireland’s finest historical novelist”. He is buried in Kilkenny.


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