Golden Jubilee Certificate.

Grand Lodge of Ireland Golden Jubilee Certificate.

Grand Lodge of Ireland 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 is usually inscribed with the name and details of the recipient. This Jewel and Certificate marks a significent milestone in the Masonic Career of a Brother and is greatly treasured by its recipients. Further awards follow for Brethren who reach their 60th year of servive, 65th year of service and 70th year of service.

The Fifty Year Star complete with Irish Shamrock.

The Fifty Year Star complete with Irish Shamrock.

In my Mother Lodge Number 280 Moyarget, one of our longest serving Brethren Wor Bro Ernie Shields has now given some 50 years service to our Lodge, the Province of Antrim and the Irish Constitution as a whole. Ernie received his Entered Apprentice degree on the 15th February 1965, and went on to play his part in the life of our Lodge. Sadly, Ernie has not been enjoying the best of health in recent times, so a number of us went to visit him in the Bohill Care Home where we had the great pleasure to present him with his jewel and certificate, and as you can see, he was delighted with same.

Wor Bro Gordon Chestnutt Lodge Almoner and Wor Bro Sam Matthews Director of Ceremonies making the Presentation to Wor Bro Ernie Shields.

Wor Bro Gordon Chestnutt Lodge Almoner and Wor Bro Sam Matthews Director of Ceremonies making the Presentation to Wor Bro Ernie Shields.

Our Most Wor Grand Master and Officers of The Grand Lodge of Ireland recognise the valued contributions of all Brethren such as Bro Shields, and their service is recorded in the quarterly issues of the Grand Lodge News-sheet for all to see. Here in the March 2015 edition of the News-sheet at page 4, you will find the names and Lodge details of some 46 Brethren, who between them, have give just over 2300 years of service to Irish Freemasonry.And in the midst of this list is the name and details of Wor Bro Samuel Ernie Shields.

About irishfreemason

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.
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