Béal Átha an Tuair
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It is noted for its historical Quaker associations. The Quaker School in Ballitore was founded 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. 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". The former home of Mary Leadbeater, a local diarist, is now a Quaker Museum. The Quaker School is proposed for demolition in order to make way for a Glanbia development in the centre of the town.
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. In 1837 the population was 933.
Transport & communications
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.
People associated with Ballitore
- Richard Brocklesby, English physician, educated in Ballitore.
- Edmund Burke, British Parliamentarian, writer and political philosopher, educated in Ballitore.
- Charles Kendal Bushe, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, educated in Ballitore.
- Mary Leadbeater, Irish Quaker, writer and poet.
- Job Scott, American travelling Quaker minister, died here in 1793.
- Lydia Shackleton, botanic artist and Irish Quaker, born here in 1828.
- St Laurence's GAA is based in the parish of Narraghmore, encompassing Kilmead, Booley, Narraghmore, Calverstown, Kilgowan, Brewel, Ballymount, Ballitore and Mullaghmast.
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- Merchants, Mystics and Philanthropists - 350 Years of Cork Quakers Richard S. Harrison
- 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.
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- 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
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