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 Ireland. Like all non-masons, he had a few doubts before entry, but these were quickly laid to rest by the warmth of his welcome from our Most Wor Grand Master – Most Wor Bro Douglas T Grey, who proceeded to give him a full tour tour throughout our many interesting rooms, on the various floors of our building. So having visited the Museum and Library,they made their way around The Grand Lodge Room, The Egyptian Room, The Council Room, Preceptory and Princes Rooms, before ending up in the Grand Master’s Office and Study for an interview.
Having made themselves comfortable, Liam took the opportunity to learn a little about our history, and some of the personalities associated with Irish Masonry. People like The Duke of Leinster, The Earl of Charlesville, Lord Donegal and Daniel O’Connell. They discussed aspects of our Order such as the bar on discussions on politics and religion, and Liam was interested to learn that we have members from most faiths throughout the Island of Ireland. As our Most Wor Grand Master summarised the discussion on secrecy, with the words – We are known as a secret organisation, but you will find out all our secrets in any good library – We really have nothing to hide.