The Ireland Branch’s Summer outing took place yesterday, Saturday 14th June. A 35 strong contingent left Dublin just after 0830 for Ballitore in Co. Kildare, where after some morning scones, we visited both Mary Leadbetter’s house and the Society of Friends Meeting House. The group had a talk from local author John McKenna in the former and were guided by no less than three Quakers from the Ballitore Meeting.
From there, we headed to Mountmellick in Co. Laois to view their museum (after a delicious lunch at Ena’s at the Mill). We saw a video on the extensive Quaker history of Mountmellick, sometimes called the Manchester of Ireland because of its strong industrial tradition and viewed exquisite samples of Mountmellick lace.
After that, we went the short distance to Portarlington, where local historian, Ronnie Matthews, gave us a tour of the French Church, once home to a large Huguenot population. A final pitstop for afternoon tea kept us going until we arrived back in Dublin just before 8pm. A great day was had by all.