Banim. I. John, an Irish novelist, born in Kilkenny, April 3, 1798, died near Kilkenny, Aug. L, 1842. In his youth he went to Dublin and afterward to London to seek literary employment, was befriended by Shiel, and in his 24th year won a brilliant success by his tragedy of "Damon and Pythias," played by Macready and Kemble at Covent Garden. Soon afterward he began with his brother Michael a series of novels illustrative of Irish life, which appeared in 1825 under the title of "Tales by the O'llara Family," and were followed in 1820 by a second series. "The Hit o' Writin'," "Bovne Water," "The Denounced," "The Nowlans," "The Smuggler," and other stories appeared at short intervals, and nearly all became very popular. Banim died in poverty, and in his latter years was supported chiefly by a pension from the government. II. Michael, brother of the preceding, horn in August, 1796. He assisted his brother in the "Tales by the OTIara Family," and is the author of "The Croppy," "Father Connell," "Crohoore of Bill-hook," "The Ghost-hunter," "The Mayor of Wind Cap," etc.