Francis Frankfort Moore (1850 - 1931):
Francis Moore was born in Limerick, but grew up in Belfast, where he attended the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. From 1876 to 1892 he worked as a reporter for the Belfast News-Letter before moving to England. His novel I Forbid the Banns, was very popular, and it was followed by The Jessamy Bride; Castle Omeragh; The Ulsterman and The Truth about Ulster. Some of his novels were serialised in magazines such as The Graphic and The Queen. He wrote many successful plays, including The Queen's Rooms and I Forbid the Banns, which was a hit in London in 1893. He published a book of poetry, Flying from Shadows, as well as journalistic pieces.