Ballitore is 45km from Dublin and just off the road from Dublin to Cork. The Down Survey of 1654 refers to the townland of Ballitore as comprising 380 acres of mostly arable land, worth 120. It derives its name from its former marshy condition, Bally,i.e. a bog. In 1654, however, it is clear there was no substantial habitation at the site. The original purchase of the valley is attributed to two prominent members of the Society of Friends, John Barcroft (1664-1724) and Abel Strettel (1659-1732) at the end of the seventeenth century. Thus was born the village of Ballitore. Ballitore still retains a spirit of simplicity and modesty consistent with Quaker values.


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