Visit to Rathangan Burial Ground

Friends from Dublin Meetings joined Friends at Ballitore Meeting, Co Kildare, for meeting for worship on Sunday 24th June. Ballitore is possibly the oldest original meeting house in Ireland still used for Quaker meetings.

Participating Friends then travelled to Rathangan Burial Ground to meet members of the Rathangan Tidy Towns Committee who, in the course of the past few years, cleared away the jungle of undergrowth and transformed the site into a beautiful public park. They arranged for the preparation and installation of wall plaques with the names of all the people buried there.

This was the second year in a row the Committee invited Friends to visit the burial ground and be their guests at a picnic lunch. It was a joyous occasion where Friends met with the organisers, with local historians and with some of the descendants of the Quaker families who once formed a thriving community.