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Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.

2017 Annual General Meeting : Masonic Orphans Welfare Committee.

I was very grateful to the members of The Masonic Orphans Welfare Committee for their kind invitation to attend the Annual General Meeting of their Committee, which was held in one of the top floor function rooms of the Arthur … Continue reading

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Trinity – The University Preceptory, Twenty Fifth Anniversary Stick-Pin.

On the front of the pin is the crest associated with Trinity College Dublin, with a seven pointed star beneath, containing a Christian cross and the latin motto “In Hoc Signo Vinces”. Around the perimeter of the entire pin is … Continue reading

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Death of Rt Wor Brother Bishop Samuel G. Poyntz, P.S.G.C Ireland.

Bishop the Right Reverend Samuel Greenfield Poyntz, one of the best known and best loved clerics in the Church of Ireland, was called to The Grand Lodge above on the 18th February 2017. He was born in 1926 in Manitoba, … Continue reading

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Freemasonry and The Impossible Bottle.

An impossible bottle is the term used to describe a rather unique form of mechanical puzzle. The term refers to any bottle containing an object that does not appear to fit through the neck of the bottle, that it has … Continue reading

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Centenary Lodge CXVII, Dublin 1892

In a recent sale in Dublin there was a rare example of, what I initially assumed to be, a centenary jewel dated 1892 and carrying the number 117. The jewel comprised of a silver disc, bearing the word Centenary, and … Continue reading

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The Masonic Visitor – The Journal of Irish Freemasonry.

I recently found three issues of an old Victorian monthly publication entitled The Masonic Visitor – The Journal of Irish Freemasonry. This was a monthly magazine, published at The Office, 12 Dawson Street, in Dublin, under the editorship of Brother … Continue reading

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Centenary of The Sinking of the SS Laurentic 25th January 2017.

Saturday the 28th January 2017, was the day that the people of Inishowen had selected to mark the Centenary of the Sinking of the HMS Laurentic at the mounth of Lough Swilly, on the very stormy, freezing cold night of … Continue reading

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Wor Bro Joe Boyd Called to The Grand Lodge Above.

Brethren it is with great sorrow that we note the passing of another Masonic Stalwart, Wor Bro Joseph Boyd, who was Called Home peacefully on the evening of Wednesday the 25th January 2017. Joe was the founder initiate in Kilwaughter … Continue reading

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Powerpoint Presentation to Rashee Temperence Lodge, Cogry.

Rashee Temperence Masonic Lodge No 736 I.C. You may be interested to learn that your Warrant was originally Issued to brethren in PORTGLENONE, Co. Antrim, 7 April 1791, where it remained up to the year 1810. The Warrant had been … Continue reading

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Early Notice of Re-Union Meeting of the Anglo Foreign Lodges Association.

Morning Brethren, On Friday the 16th June 2017, a meeting will be held in the Grand Temple, at Great Queen Street, when a number of UGLE Lodges, which meet in and around London and conduct their meetings in a language … Continue reading

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Wor Bro Michael Holden MBE.

It is with great pleasure that we note the inclusion of Wor Bro Michael Holden in the 2017 New Year’s Honour’s List, where he was recorded as receiving an MBE making him a Member of the Order of The British … Continue reading

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Cheque Presentations by Cary & Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee.

] The members of The Cary and Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee returned to the Coleraine Campus of The University of Ulster this morning to meet with Right Worshipful Bro John McLernon, one of the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters of The … Continue reading

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Presentation of 50 Year Long Service Jewel and Certificate to Wor Bro Tom McNeill Moyarget Masonic lodge No 280 I.C.

There was a good turn-out of Members and friends at the monthly meeting of Moyarget Masonic Lodge No 280 I.C. held down in their spacious Lodge-Room on the outskirts of Ballycastle. This however was a very special evening for Wor … Continue reading

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Presentations from the Proceeds of the Giro De Bucknaw Cycling Initiative.

We are very grateful to Wor Bro Ashley McCullough for sending in a brief report and a few photographs to let us know about the successful fund raising carried out by the Brethren of Bucknaw Lodge No 194 I.C. and … Continue reading

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Larne and District Charity Committee Annual Carol Service.

Larne and District Charity Committee, in conjunction with the Reverend Fiona Forbes, put in hand arrangements to hold their second annual Service of Carols in the spacious surroundings of Cairncastle Presbyterian Church. They were assisted by the Church Organist Ms … Continue reading

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The Dunboyne Jewel.

The Honourable Theobald Fitzwalter William Butler was the son of James Butler 13th Baron Dunboyne, and spent the early part of his life on the family estates in North Munster. He joined the original Royal Arch Lodge No 60 in … Continue reading

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Very Wor Bro Ambrose Bloxham Armstrong Called To Grand Lodge Above.

It is with deep sadness that we record the Passing of Very Wor Bro Ambrose Armstrong, a prominent ritualist from Cairncastle,in the South East corner of County Antrim. Since his earliest membership in the Craft, he always had a keen … Continue reading

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Most Wor Brother Darwin H.Templeton C.B.E., F.C.A. called to The Grand Lodge Above.

It is with great sadness that we record the passing of Most Worshipful Brother Darwin H.Templeton, C.B.E., F.C.A. Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Ireland from 1991 to 2001. He had served as … Continue reading

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The Leinster Journal Vol II. No 93 dated Wednesday November 16th 1768.

We are very grateful to that well known Masonic Researcher – Wor Bro Edwin Hancock for drawing our attention to an interesting Masonic article recorded in the November 1768 edition of Edmund Finn’s The Leinster Journal. This paper founded by … Continue reading

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The Man who designed The White House & The Capitol Building in Washington.

The White House, then known as “the President’s House,” was the first public building to be erected in Washington. In 1790, the Commissioners of the District held a competition, seeking designs for the future executive mansion. A prize of $500 … Continue reading

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What is a Masonic Vesta.

Vesta boxes were small portable boxes, made in a great variety of forms with snap shut covers to contain Vestas ( short matches ) and keep them dry. The name Vesta comes from the name of the Roman Goddess of … Continue reading

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Culture Night 2016.

Some 38 regions throughout the island of Ireland ( check www.culturenight.ie ) will take part in the annual Culture Night celebrations throughout the Island of Ireland tonight. Locations as far apart as Armagh to Wicklow, Cork to Londonderry and Dublin … Continue reading

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European Masonic Open Day in Holywood.

Our Brethren in Holywood burned the midnight oil and prepared an interesting and scripted visit to entertain and inform their many visitors on Saturday past. The Hall is currently home to some 13 Lodges including 146 Wallace, 168 Ionic, 381 … Continue reading

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Staff in Ulster Hospital receive the 100,000th T.L.C. Bear.

We are grateful to the members of T.L.C. and The Widow’s Sons Masonic Bikers Association Ireland for keeping us abreast of the latest developments on the Teddies for Loving Care initiative in Ireland. At a recent function held at the … Continue reading

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The Masonic Funeral Service as set out by The Grand Lodge of Ireland.

Brethren, I have recently received a couple of Masonic enquiries from Irish Brethren wishing to learn about the form of The Masonic Funeral service, that used to be conducted under the auspices of The Grand Lodge of Ireland. Having now … Continue reading

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Dedication Ceremony of The Masonic Peace Memorial on 19th July 1933.

Arthur, Duke of Connaught ( Youngest Son of Queen Victoria ) Grand Master of The United Grand Lodge of England 1901 -1939, spent some time on how Freemasonry should commemorate, those of its membership who were killed, or declared missing … Continue reading

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First International Meeting of European Masonic Lodges in Toulon in May 2017.

The steering committee of ICOM 2017 has pleasure in announcing the following:- WHAT ? The Grand Loge de France are the organisers of the first International Meeting of Lodges of Research, called ICOM 2017, to be held 19th to 21st … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Ballycarry & The Battle of The Somme.

On this evening of the First of July, I am delighted to have this opportunity to talk to you about the sacrifices made by many Freemasons, who volunteered to do their bit for King and Country, some one hundred years … Continue reading

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Advance Notice on Talk on Freemasonry and the First Day of the Somme.

Brethren, on the First Day of the Somme 1916, the population of Ulster was to suffer an awful devastating blow as their menfolk endured terrible losses in the killing fields of The Somme, as they went over the top at … Continue reading

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Presentation to Q.C. Lodge No 2076 Great Queen Street, London.

Brethren, I can only apologize for the lack of postings over the last few weeks, but my focus has been on the final preparations for my presentation on the 23rd June 2016 to the Brethren of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No … Continue reading

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The Poetry of James Orr – Ulster’s Rabbie Burns.

Brethren, Some 200 years ago, on the 24th April 1816 James Orr was buried in the old graveyard at Templecorran, Broadisland on the outskirts of the village of Ballycarry. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim, in the form of Wor … Continue reading

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Bi-Centenary of the Death of James Orr- The Bard of Ballycarry.

On the 200th anniversary of Orr’s death, a gathering at the Templecorran Cemetery monument to the Weaver Poet was heralded by the skirl of the pipes on Sunday afternoon, and several of his poems were read as part of the … Continue reading

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Return of Warrant No 195 I.C. as St Patrick’s Lodge finally Closes.

It was a particularly sad morning yesterday, when a small party of senior Brethren from St Patrick’s Lodge No 195, Arthur Square arrived at the Museum in Rosemary Street to deposit Minute Books, Attendance Books and other euphrema from the … Continue reading

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Lodge CC Visit to Castlederg on 23rd April 2016.

On Saturday the 23rd April we will have the great honour to join with the Brethren of Castlederg Lodge No 799 I.C. and assist them to celebrate their one hundred and seventy fifth anniversary of service to Irish Freemasonry. One … Continue reading

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Coronation Lodge No 329 I.C.

On the 22nd March 1911 a printed Form of Memorial was received by Grand Lodge for a new Warrant to hold a Lodge at Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin to be called the Coronation Lodge – Memorial signed by fifteen Brethren from … Continue reading

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Easter Murder in Lahore, Pakistan.

Brethren, I’m sure, like me you have been horrified at the recent attack in Lahore in a children’s playground, when a deranged person detonated a suicide belt in the midst of children, and their parents, relaxing and enjoying their Easter … Continue reading

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Cycling News.

Hark, that well known brother and “Knight of the Road” has kindly undertaken to keep us all appraised of the latest developments on the cycling front, as he heralds various events, personalities and opportunities for those of a cycling bent. … Continue reading

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The Role of The Class of Instruction in Ireland.

The Mystic Art: Edward Lytton The world may rail at Masonry, And scoff at Square and Line, We’ll follow with complacency The Master’s great Design. A King can make a gartered Knight, And breathe away another, But he, with all … Continue reading

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The Untimely Death of Mrs Margaret Dickson.

It is with great personal sadness that I record the passing of Margaret Dickson, late wife to our Provincial Grand Master of Antrim – Rt Wor Bro John Dickson. Margaret had been struggling with illness for some considerable time, and … Continue reading

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Masonic Orphan’s Welfare Committee.

Brethren, I am very grateful to the Masonic Orphan’s Welfare Committee for their kind invitation to attend their annual general meeting held in Arthur Square yesterday morning. In all honesty, they were a Committee that I was not familiar with, … Continue reading

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160th Anniversary of Duke of Leinster Lodge No 363 I.C. Adelaide. SA.

Some 160 years ago … on Tuesday 4 March 1856 at Bro. Robert Ramsay’s Napoleon Bonaparte Hotel in King William Street, Adelaide (photo taken 1893), was held the first meeting of Duke of Leinster Lodge No.363, following notice given in … Continue reading

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A Curious Masonic Find.

We are very grateful to Wor Bro Eoin Meehan of The Military Lodge of Ireland No 728 I.C. for the following article on some early Irish silver Officers Jewels. Eoin’s paper reads as follows :- At a recent meeting of … Continue reading

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One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary Jewel for Island of Inch Masonic Lodge No 589 I.C.

With Christmas fast approaching, I took myself up to the quarterly Bangor Collectors and Militaria Fair held in the excellent Halls of First Bangor Presbyterian Church, where I found myself surrounded in a plethora of curios, books, postcards, uniforms, militaria, … Continue reading

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Presentation of cheques to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Friends of the N.I. Cancer Centre by the members of The Cary and Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee.

On a cold and frosty Saturday morning Mrs Yolanda McClintock and I set off to the University of Ulster Dining Room complex just off the Cromore Road in Coleraine to attend the presentation of charity cheques by the Cary and … Continue reading

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Larne and District Charity Committee Carol Service in Cairncastle.

We set out for Cairncastle on the evening of the 10th December and enroute we were confronted with hail showers, high winds, snow falls and dropping temperatures. As always, the road over the Collin was quite busy, but very slippery … Continue reading

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Visit to Saintfield Masonic Hall by The Irish Lodge of Research.

Brethren, the Irish Lodge of Research will be going to Saintfield, Co Down to visit the Masonic Hall and learn about a significant Masonic Anniversary on Saturday the 28th November 2015 from 1.30PM in the afternoon. Saintfield has a fascinating … Continue reading

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Update on Charity Events.

We are pleased to record that some 143 guests attended last week’s Cary & Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee Breakfast last week, raising around £ 2,000-00 to go towards the work of our two nominated Masonic Charities. Despite the awful weather, … Continue reading

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Remembrance 2015.

Brethren the annual wreath laying ceremony will take place at Fort Dunree First World War Memorial on Saturday 7th November at 2.30pm Donegal Time. As usual I hope to lay a wreath from Irish Freemasonry in memory of the many … Continue reading

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Cary & Dunluce Annual Charity Breakfast.

Cary and Dunluce annual charity breakfast will take place on Saturday the 7th November 2015 in the Coleraine Campus of The University of Ulster. Meals will be served from 7.00 AM to 10.00AM that morning. Our chairman this year Wor … Continue reading

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1946 Victory Stamp issued by the British Post Office.

I was recently asked to provide some information on the 1946 British Victory Stamp. which is also known as The Masonic Stamp. Rather than researching and rewriting the explanation that is currently available on the web, I have, on this … Continue reading

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Horatio Nelson : Hero and Freemason.

The Battle of Trafalgar was a naval engagement fought by the Royal Navy against the combined fleets of the French and Spanish ( on the 21st October 1805 ) during the War of the Third Coalition of the Napoleonic War. … Continue reading

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Sidelights on Belfast History.

On Saturday’ past Bro Roland Spottiswoode and I spent some time wandering round the Wellington Park Hotel in a search through the many thousands of books at the Belfast Book Fair. And what a treat it was, as we looked … Continue reading

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33rd Annual Belfast Book Fair.

The 33rd Annual Belfast Book Fair will take place in the Wellington Park Hotel, Malone Road, Belfast on Saturday the 10th October 2015, opening to the public at 10.00AM and closing at 5.00PM. There is an admission charge of some … Continue reading

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Irish Lodge of Research are off to Kinsale 25th September 2015.

This year, our weekend meeting will be held in The Masonic Hall Kinsale on Saturday the 26th September 2015. Some thirty-three Brethren and their wives will be heading towards Kinsale at the end of next week for a restful couple … Continue reading

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Masonic Coverage in The Sunday Independent Newspaper 13/09/2015.

Pleasant surprise in yesterday’s Sunday Independent, where we found a very good article by Irish Independent reporter Liam Collins on his recent visit to 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin, home to the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of … Continue reading

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2nd International Workshop in Athens 26th – 30th August 2015.

Wor Bro McClintock and I travelled to Dublin, enroute to Athens, and got caught up in all the excitement and disruption arising from the Hanger Fire at Dublin Airport, on our morning of departure. We were boarded onto our plane … Continue reading

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Annual Open Day at Larne Masonic Centre 2015.

Its hard to believe that another year has passed, but, for those in any doubt, the Annual Larne Summer Fete and Open Day was once again held on Saturday the 15th August 2015. We had the usual plethora of events … Continue reading

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Update on The 2nd International Summer Workshop.

Preparations are now well advanced for the Irish Contingent, as we make our final arrangements for the Athens Workshop which commences next Wednesday – 26th August 2015. Once again, we shall take the opportunity to promote interest in the History … Continue reading

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75 Years in Masonry – Very Wor Bro Tommy Frame.

On the 22nd May 2015, a celebratory evening was held in the Lodgeroom of Friendly Brothers Lodge No 609 I.C. to celebrate the Masonic career of Very Worshipful Brother Tommy Frame. Tommy’s Masonic career began on the 20th June 1940 … Continue reading

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The Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Larne Masonic Centre.

On Saturday the 23rd May 2015 the Larne and District Masonic Charity Committee organised a Teddy Bear’s Picnic to raise funds for T.L.C. The Committee including Brethren such as Wor Bro Graham Todd, Jock McToal, Jeff McWhirter and others, too … Continue reading

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Report from the Tattoo Parlour.

On Friday evening after work, I set off to Belfast, to visit my first Tattoo Studio, and see what all the excitement was about. The Skullduggery Tatu Studio is located halfway up Dublin Road, at number 75 and was quite … Continue reading

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The Third Annual Historical Lecture hosted by Harmony Lodge No 555, Cork.

We are grateful to The Munster Mason – Wor Bro David J. Butler for keeping us informed on forthcoming events in Munster. On Monday the 25th May 2015, starting at 7.45PM in the Tuckey Street Masonic Hall will be a … Continue reading

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The Art of The Masonic Tattoo.

I’m extremely grateful to the two Maonic Brethren who have drawn my attention to an unusual event, which is being launched tonight at 8.00PM in the Skullduggery Tatu tattoo studio located at 75 Dublin Road, Belfast. Here you will have … Continue reading

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The Social Whirl – Forthcoming Social Events in the next few Weeks.

The Brethren of Maze Masonic Lodge No 356 I.C. will be hosting a Hog Roast and evening of Blue Grass music played by local band “Down and Out”, in the Lisburn Masonic Centre on the evening of the 22nd May … Continue reading

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Seventy Years of Freemasonry.

Our Rt Wor Deputy Grand Master will be travelling to the Leslie J.Thompson Masonic Lodge No 61, Ballymacarrett for a 7.30pm meeting on Friday the 22nd May 2015. On this occasion RT Wor Bro McCurley will be accompanied by RT … Continue reading

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A Night with the Clogher Historical Society.

On a glorious sunny afternoon, I set off, on a road-trip through Tyrone and Armagh until I finally reached the Cahans Presbyterian Church on the outskirts of Monaghan, on the road to Cootehill. The Church was closed a number of … Continue reading

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International Masonic Events – Philotection Society

Planning is now underway for the Second International Summer School which will, once again be held in Athens from the 26 of August to the 30th August 2015. Our hosts the Philotection Society have set up their 2015 website which … Continue reading

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Strange Ballybay Bedfellows.

I received the following e-mail at the end of last week, and would take this opportunity to let you all read the message contained within. It begins with the heading:- Subject: Talk on the Freemasons and the United Irishmen in … Continue reading

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Freemasonry and The Lusitania.

About 20 kilometres off The Old Head of Kinsale, on the 7th May 1915, the Royal Mail Ship RMS Lusiutania was torpedoed by a German submarine, in what was possibly one of the worst attacks carried out by the German … Continue reading

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Some Notes on the Lodge CC Visit to Dundalk.

Hidden away at 23 Joceyln Street, Dundalk is a fascinating old Masonic Hall, which has been a home to Freemasonry in the town for the last one hundred and twenty eight years. We had a good attendance from the local … Continue reading

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TLC Team Running in The Belfast Marathon Tomorrow.

Brethren spare a thought to our five worthies who will be running the Belfast Marathon tomorrow, to raise money for Teddies for Loving Care. 26 miles is quite a distance, and I wish them God Speed in their endeavours. I … Continue reading

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The Wilde Weekend – Enniskillen’s Latest Festival 1st- 4th May 2015.

A new, international, multi-arts festival celebrating the life and times of Irish playwright, essayist and wit Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, A Wilde Weekend by Lough Ernest, is set to take place in Enniskillen and County Fermanagh over the May … Continue reading

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Portrush Mason Survives Earthquake in Nepal.

Wor Bro Barry Torrens, a past master of Union Lodge 1008, Portrush is currently on a trekking holiday in Nepal. He and his party were outside the city of Kathmandu on Saturday, crossing a local river when they were caught … Continue reading

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Saturday 25th April 2015 – A Very Busy Day.

Up early next Saturday and off to the Annual Charity Breakfast in The Larne Masonic Centre, Millbrae in Larne. Here you will be able to enjoy an excellent Ulster Fry and help raise funds for The Stroke Association, another of … Continue reading

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Iveagh Masonic Lodge No 184 on a Trip to Meet the Mayor.

Our very first mention of Teddies for Loving Care was in relation to their arrival at the A & E Department of Craigavon Area Hospital, on the 7th September 2013, making them the first Northern A & E Department, to … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts from The Chapter of Research.

We are very grateful to Excellent Companion Frank Lee, the incoming Excellent King of The Irish Chapter of Research No 222 I.C. for his permission to publish his thoughts on the importance and role of The Irish Chapter of Research … Continue reading

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Easter at Redhall Masonic Lodge No 260, Ballycarry.

Brethren, I hope that we will see a few of you up, on Easter morning, at the annual Redhall Charity breakfast, held every year in the Ballycarry Masonic Hall located at 41 Island Road, Ballycarry. This is a popular event … Continue reading

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Golden Jubilee Certificate.

We, in the Grand Lodge of Ireland mark long and distinguished service to our Order with the presentation of a Golden Jubilee Certificate on completion of some 50 years service. This is accompanied with a 50 years service star which … Continue reading

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Grand Lodge Meeting in Limerick.

Our annual tour of Ireland begins on the 5th March 2015 when the Grand Lodge of Ireland meet in The South Court Hotel in Raheen, Co Limerick, when the main business of the day will be the Installation of Rt … Continue reading

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Some New Provincial Honour’s at P.G.L. Installation Rosemary Street.

In a Masonic Province as large as The Province of Antrim, it can be difficult to acknowledge the service of individual long serving Brethren, who have worked tirelessly in promoting and supporting Freemasonry in their local Lodges and Districts. These … Continue reading

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How the Victorians dealt with Guests in The Lodge of Israel No 126.

Our story begins on the 4th December 1865 when the Grand Lodge Board of General Purposes record receipt of a Memorial from R.W. Br. The Revd. Simpson G. Morrison, G.C. and other Brethren, who applied to Grand Lodge for a … Continue reading

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Cottown Masonic Lodge No 430 I.C. and a Piece of its History.

On the 2nd March 1918 a group of North Down Farmers, their friends and Brethren met in Bangor Masonic Hall to Constitute Cottown Masonic Lodge No 430 I.C. The ceremony was carried out by the Provincial Grand Master of Down … Continue reading

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Jewels of The Craft visit to Rosemary Street.

Throughout the Irish, English and Scottish Constitutions, there are many Brethren who collect Masonic Jewels, token, circulars, certificates and similar artifacts of Masonic Interest. Back in the year 1990, a number of Masonic Collectors came together at Edgebaston Masonic Centre … Continue reading

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PGL of Antrim Act of Remembrance.

Rt Wor Bro John Dickson, Provincial Grand Master of Antrim decided to mark the Hundred’th Anniversary of The Great War by arranging to hold An Act of Remembrance, which was held after a meeting of The Provincial Grand Lodge of … Continue reading

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Presentation to Lodge Hope of Kurrachi No 337 S.C.

At the kind invitation of Right Worshipful Master Thomas McGregor, I packed my bags and headed off across the foam to Scotia Minor.I took an early morning flight across to Edinburgh and spent some time strolling around the city. On … Continue reading

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The Tenth Annual Act of Remembrance at Fort Dunree.

On a wet and blustery day at the start of November, a few of us set off for the scenic drive up through Fanad and Buncrana, out the Inishowen Penisula to Fort Dunree. The Fort sits on a headland overlooking … Continue reading

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Annual Cary & Dunluce Charity Breakfast.

The Cary and Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee came this year to the Causeway Hotel, at The Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills to host their annual Charity Breakfast, which was well attended with Brethren and their families present from all across the Province … Continue reading

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Centenary of Ballycastle Royal Arch Chapter No 89.

On the evening of Friday the 24th November 2014, a group of Royal Arch Masons, wives and friends came together in the Dining Room at Ballycastle Golf Club to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Royal Arch Chapter 89 Ballycastle, with … Continue reading

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Annual Armistice Remembrance Commemoration Fort Dunree.

On Saturday the 1st November at 2.30PM, the Annual Armistice Remembrance Commemoration will take place in the Peace and Memorial Garden inside the walls of Fort Dunree. This annual Act of Remembrance has taken place over the last few years … Continue reading

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Shamrock Masonic Lodge No 101 I.C., Athlone.

Down in the center of Ireland, in the county of Westmeath, at a major crossing place on the mighty Shannon River, grew the town of Athlone. As it was the only ford in the locality it quickly became an important … Continue reading

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North Derry Masonic Charity Committee – Church Service

On Sunday the 26th October 2014, the Brethren of the Masonic Province of Londonderry and Donegal, and others from further afield will congregate together at 3.00 PM in the church hall of St Mary’s Church of Ireland church Macosquin, in … Continue reading

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Tuckey Street Cork – A Feast of Masonic Research.

Our morning began in Tuckey Street at 9.45AM, when we all assembled in the ground floor Dining Room for Registration, before heading upstairs into the magnificent Lodge Room, where most of the day’s activities would take place. I had the … Continue reading

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Lodge CC Centenary Celebrations in Cork.

Brethren, it was with a growing sense of excitement that Lodge Members and their guests began to prepare for the long trip from Home to Cork. As usual, all modes of transport were deployed with Brethren coming by aeroplane, boat, … Continue reading

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Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival.

Over the weekend 19th to 21st September 2014, the village of Bushmills hosted the Bushmills Salmon and Whiskey Festival, an occasion of great merriment and relaxation for all present. As you would expect, we had fresh salmon from the River … Continue reading

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Lodge CC Centenary Meeting in Cork.

In my case, one of the highlights of the year was the visit to Belleek pottery to collect the magnificent Lodge of Research Centenary plates, based on the original 1871 Armstrong designed Masonic pattern plates. In 2012, I had found … Continue reading

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Report on The Saintfield Open Day.

We are very grateful to Wor Bro David Woodrow for his e-mail report on visitor numbers to the Saintfield Masonic Hall on Sunday the 14th September 2014. You may be interested to learn that the decision to open on a … Continue reading

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European Heritage Open Days 2014.

Its hard to believe that another year has slipped past already, and we are now back to the annual European Heritage Open Days initiative where many of our most historical buildings will be open to the public on Saturday the … Continue reading

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Commemorations at The Mayo Peace Park, Castlebar.

Mayo Commemoration Day : Sunday the 3rd of August 2.30pm at The Mayo Peace Park. This is a Multi Faith Ecumenical Ceremony, which will focus on the 100th anniversary of World War One, a war which effected county Mayo in … Continue reading

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Builders of The Silent Cities Lodge No 4948 U.G.L.E.

This is a much sought after Masonic jewel to mark the Consecratation of Builders of The Silent Cities Lodge No 4948 U.G.L.E., which was founded in 1927 in London. The jewel is silver gilt and enamel and is hall-marked London … Continue reading

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First International Masonic Workshop in Athens 27th -31st August 2014.

As part of the ongoing celebrations for the Centenary Year of The Irish Lodge of Research, I have been invited to address the First Summer International Masonic Workshop, which will be held in the Athens Riviera from the 27th to … Continue reading

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