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Goldsmith Country

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Ballymahon, Longford, Republic of Ireland

Goldsmith Country runs from Glasson in county Westmeath to north of the 3 jolly pigeons and from Tubberclair to Kilkenny west, a land forever immortalised by the writings of Oliver Goldsmith.

Goldsmith Country runs from Glasson in county Westmeath to north of the 3 jolly pigeons and from Tubberclair to Kilkenny west, a land forever immortalised by the writings of Oliver Goldsmith.

Born in Pallas, County Longford in 1728, but brought up from an early age at Lissoy parsonage, County Westmeath, many of the beautiful images evoked in his writings spring from this region. Goldsmith died in 1774 and was buried in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey. A memorial window to the poet's father, the Reverand Charles Goldsmith, can still be seen at Forgney Church, near Pallas in County Longford.

A Goldsmith seminar is held annually to celebrate the life of one of the most prolific writers ever to have graced the English language.