Ballitore (Irish: Béal Átha an Tuair) is a village in County Kildare, Ireland, sometimes spelt Ballytore. It is noted for its historical Quaker associations.


Béal Átha an Tuair
Ballitore is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°00′31″N 6°49′05″W / 53.00859°N 6.81805°W / 53.00859; -6.81805Coordinates: 53°00′31″N 6°49′05″W / 53.00859°N 6.81805°W / 53.00859; -6.81805
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceS796955


A Quaker School was founded in Ballitore by Abraham Shackleton (1697–1771) in 1726 which catered for Quakers from many parts of Ireland as well as both Protestant and Catholic local children.[8] Parliamentarian Edmund Burke, a student at Shackleton's school from 1741-1744, remained devoted to his old master, whom he termed "the planter of the future age".[9] The former home of Mary Leadbeater, a local diarist, is now a Quaker Museum. As of 2013, the Quaker School was proposed for demolition in order to make way for a Glanbia development in the centre of the town.[10][needs update]

Pupils came from as far away as Bordeaux, Jamaica and Norway to stay and study in the school, staying in a row of houses in the village whose attics had been knocked into one long room.


In the 2002 census, Ballitore had a population of 338, increasing to 793 by the time of the 2016 census.[1] In 1837 the population was 933.[11]


Ballitore is connected to the R448 and R747 regional roads.

The village is served by bus route 880 operated by Kildare Local Link on behalf of the National Transport Authority. There are several buses each day including Sunday linking the village to Castledermot, Carlow and Naas as well as villages such as Moone in the area.[12]


St Laurence's GAA is based in the parish of Narraghmore, encompassing Kilmead, Booley, Narraghmore, Calverstown, Kilgowan, Brewel, Ballymount, Ballitore and Mullaghmast.

Griese Youth Theatre operates in the Quaker Meeting House, and have participated in local historical reenactments as well as in National Theatre Connections and with Youth Theatre Ireland.[citation needed]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Sapmap Area - Settlements Ballitore". Census 2016. CSO. April 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  2. ^ Census for post 1821 figures. Archived September 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Archived 2016-05-07 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Lee, JJ (1981). "On the accuracy of the Pre-famine Irish censuses". In Goldstrom, J. M.; Clarkson, L. A. (eds.). Irish Population, Economy, and Society: Essays in Honour of the Late K. H. Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press.
  6. ^ Mokyr, Joel; O Grada, Cormac (November 1984). "New Developments in Irish Population History, 1700-1850". The Economic History Review. 37 (4): 473–488. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1984.tb00344.x.[dead link]
  7. ^ "BALLYTORE (Ireland) Census Town". Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  8. ^ Merchants, Mystics and Philanthropists - 350 Years of Cork Quakers Richard S. Harrison
  9. ^ Bourke, Richard (2015). Empire & Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke. Personal library: Princeton University Press. pp. 44–48. ISBN 978-0-691-14511-2.
  10. ^ "Kildare locals question why old Quaker school was delisted and is due to be demolished". 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  11. ^ Entry for Ballytore in Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)
  12. ^ "Locals Encouraged to Use New Bus Route Serving Villages from Castledermot to Kilcullen". Martin Heydon. 2015-08-14. Retrieved 2020-01-04.

Further readingEdit

  • Biographical Dictionary of Irish Quakers Richard S. Harrison 1997
  • Memoirs and letters of Richard and Elizabeth Shackleton, late of Ballitore, Ireland; compiled by their daughter, Mary Leadbeater, including a concise biographical sketch, and some letters, of her grandfather, Abraham Shackleton Shackleton, Richard, 1726-1792. London, Printed for Harvey and Darton, 1822.
  • Poems Mary Leadbeater London 1808
  • The Annals of Ballitore 1766-1824 Mary Leadbeater ; edited and introduced by John MacKenna ; illustrated by Mary Cunningham. Athy, Co. Kildare Stephen Scroop Press 1986

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