Ballitore house to be knocked

A house of historical value is set to be demolished in the Quaker villege of Ballitore, in spite of objections from historians.

A house of historical value is set to be demolished in the Quaker villege of Ballitore, in spite of objections from historians.

The house is on the site of a Glanbia facility, and has been used in recent years as office space.

As a result, it is understood there is little architectural value because the house has been a modern office space.

However, in the context of the history of the village of Ballitore, probably the best known and most significant Quaker settlement in Ireland, the house had a certain value.

The two-story farmhouse was the home of Mary Leadbeaters parents - although she grew up in a neighbouring house.

Mary Leadbeater was the author of The Annals of Ballitore and the house is mentioned in that book.

And it was part of Ballitore’s unique village streetscape.

Glanbia has planning permission from Kildare County Council to knock the house as part of their development.

Right now, it looks a little surreal, situated as it is, under a large shed-structure.

It is surrounded by cladding and is expected to be knocked as soon as Glanbia can transfer the offices from the building.

The other side of the argument is that Glanbia is a significant employed in an era when they are few and far between.

That point was highlighted to the Leinster Leader bye Cllr. Martin Miley in Ballitore last Thursday.

- Conor McHugh