Museums and Attractions

Museums and Attractions

Ballitore Library & Quaker Museum


Mary Leadbeater House
Republic of Ireland

The Ballitore Library and Quaker Museum is housed in the restored Meeting House of the Society of Friends in Ballitore County Kildare.

Ballitore is a charming village founded by the Quakers in the 1700's. The village still retains a spirit of simplicity and modesty consistent with Quaker values. Due to the writings of Mary Leadbeater and her correspondence with such people as Mary Edgeworth and Edmund Burke, Ballitore is widely known. The Quakers from Yorkshire who founded Ballitore, transformed the valley into rich fertile farmlands, and developed the town as a Quaker Settlement. In fact, Ballitore is the only planned and permanent Quaker Settlement in Ireland.

Ballitore is the home to several historical buildings. The Museum, which is incorporated into the library contains a selection of artefacts and memorabilia of a mainly local nature.

Items of Quaker interest include a wedding dress and bonnet worn by Marian Richardson at Ballitore in 1853. In the entrance hall are the door and lintel stone from the original Shackleton home at Harden in Yorkshire which was built in 1660. Also in the entrance hall is a ledger dated 1807-1810 for the Shackleton mills at Lucan. Amongst the Ballitore manuscripts on display are Shackleton's letters and notebooks, which contain water colours by Mary Shackleton and the Ballitore Magazine.

Amenities: Coach Parking. Toilet Facilities.

Admission Prices


Opening Months

All Year

Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday 12noon - 5pm. | Closed on Bank Holidays and Weekends.

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