Strange Ballybay Bedfellows.

Strange Ballybay Bedfellows 15.05.2015

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 Cahans Presbyterian Church, Tuesday 12th May at 8pm, all welcome. Then we learn that our hosts for the evening will be Clogher Historical Society who will host a talk on this unusual topic on Tuesday evening. The speaker is Gerald Reilly, a member of the society who spent his childhood summers in Ballybay and has visited several times since. He consulted with the late Peadar Murnane and others in the area before completing an MA thesis last year, on which his talk is based. If you require directions to Cahans Church, please contact the society.

Clogher Historical Society/Cumann Seanchais Chlochair St Macartan’s College Mullaghmurphy Monaghan
047 71984

Benefits of Membership

* a copy of our annual journal
* participation in the society’s events
* advice on research
* free access to all of our back articles, and many other Irish history periodicals online – the Ireland Collection at
* use of our library and archival material, by appointment

In addition, you will be helping to support the society, which is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting local history on a cross-border, cross-community basis. The society provides a platform for those who wish to publish their work for the benefit of others.

If I may, I would also add that Gerald Reilly is in fact a Brother who is a member of UGLE, and a well known contributer on the old Masonic Light website. He is one of the authors with Bro Josh Heller of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania who produced a book entitled “The Lodge that never Sleeps” which was one of the first studies on Freemasonry and the Internet. It should be an interesting presentation, and I would encourage any of our viewers who are able to attend to go along and give Bro Gerald some support on the evening.

Old Seal from Ballybay Lodge No 192.

Old Seal from Ballybay Lodge No 192.

If you would like to learn a little about the history of Freemasonry in Ballybay, before you go along on Tuesday, then I invite you to click HERE, where you can read about a visit to Ballybay Lodge back in 2012 with photographs of the Hall and its contents and a short talk on its history. Ballybay is of course, an integral part of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Armagh, where one of its members Rt Wor Bro M.Osborne Steenson is the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Armagh.

Rt Wor Bro M Osbourne Steenson. D.P.G.M. Armagh.

Rt Wor Bro M Osbourne Steenson. D.P.G.M. Armagh.

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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