Some Notes on the Lodge CC Visit to Dundalk.

Dundalk Masonic Hall, Jocelyn Street, Dundalk.

Dundalk Masonic Hall, Jocelyn Street, 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 Lodges at our Lodge of Research meeting and were delighted to welcome Very Wor Bro Gilbert T. Irvine, the Provincial Grand Secretary of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Armagh as our Guest of Honour.

Wor Bro Tommy Dowds checks out The Master's Chair.

Wor Bro Tommy Dowds checks out The Master’s Chair.

Meanwhile Wor Bro Harry Thompson checks out the Junior Warden's ornate Chair.

Meanwhile Wor Bro Harry Thompson checks out the Junior Warden’s ornate Chair.

The centrepiece of the day, was the reading of extracts from a comprehensive paper written by the late Wor Bro Larry Conlon FRSAI entitled Eureka Masonic Lodge No 47, Dundalk and its Membership from 1847 – 1974. This fascinating study, will be found amongst the Articles section of this web-site and will repay close study as it clearly sets out the genesis of the Lodge and the individual histories of the many Brethren who were members of the Lodge over its existance. Some of the names are well known from the local aristrocacy and professional classes, and other may well come as a surprise. I must confess that I had not expected to see the name Victor Meldrew amongst the membership registers.

Some of the Brethren present.

Some of the Brethren present.

More of the Brethren present.

More of the Brethren present.

And some More.

And some More.

We were particularly pleased to be joined by Wor Bro Charles Winston, a senior Scottish Freemason intimately involved in the current Oral History Project that is underway in Scotland with the full support and encouragement of The Grand Lodge of Scotland. Simply put Charles and his team have been going round a number of our older Brethren and orally recording their stories about life in general and Freemasonry in particular. Each individual interview takes about an hour and a half and is then given a particular index number and catalogue reference, before it is recorded on DVD and stored in the archives of The Museum and Library Committee of THe Grand Lodge of Scotland. Charles enjoyed his day in Dundalk, and a couple of us returned to The Hilton in Templepatrick to learn a little more about the Oral History project, and how it might eventually be rolled out here in Ireland. WE are hoping to get Charles back over on another occasion to tell us more about this initiative and let us see some of the DVD stories recorded to date.

In Deep Conversation waiting for the Tea.

In Deep Conversation waiting for the Tea.

A View of The Dining Room.

A View of The Dining Room.

All in All Brethren, we enjoyed a great day’s craic with our Brethren in Dundalk. There was a good turn out on the day, an excellent paper was presented, and we enjoyed the food and fellowship of our hosts in Dundalk.

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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