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

Crest of The Irish Lodge of Research.

Crest of The Irish Lodge of Research.

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 of days in the Trident Hotel, Kinsale, before visiting the Lodgerooms at 2.00pm on Saturday, to hear a paper on the history of Freemasonry in the Kinsale area.

Saint Multose Church Kinsale

Saint Multose Church Kinsale

As a town, Kinsale has a marvellous collection of interesting historical buildings, starting with St Multose Parish Church dating from it’s foundation in the year 1190AD. The Church,located on Church Street, contains many items of interest including a Williamite flag from the 1690 period and another flag, belonging to the Highland Light Infantry, which was carried through the Battle of Waterloo. This Church contains a memorial chapel, known as the White Memorial Chapel which contains the remains of various members of The Southwell family ( including one past Grand Master of Ireland ), who were all benefactors of the town.

The Firemans Memorial Ringfinnan.

The Firemans Memorial Ringfinnan.

A few miles outside the town of Kinsale is the Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, which is a unique memorial in Ireland. It commemorates the memory of every one of the 343 firemen killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack on The Twin Towers in New York. The site was set up in memory of the late Kathleen Murphy and contains a feature tree dedicated to each individual fire fighter. It is a centre of calm and contemplation in an otherwise busy world and is certainly well worth a visit.

The Entrance to Ringfinnan.

The Entrance to Ringfinnan.

Memorial Plaque to Kathleen Murphy.

Memorial Plaque to Kathleen Murphy.

Charles Fort, located down at Summer Cove is one of the most striking examples of a 17th Century Star Fort still surviving in Ireland. It is in the case of the State, contains an excellent Visitors Centre and costs 4 euros per adult for an afternoon visit. If you have the opportunity, then call and visit this most interesting structure.

Ariel View of Charles Fort Kinsale.

Ariel View of Charles Fort Kinsale.

View from The Guardhouse Charles Fort  Kinsale.

View from The Guardhouse Charles Fort
Kinsale.

Across the Bandon River on the Castlepark Penninsula is the earlier James Fort, built in the year 1601 to defend the town and river from further seaborne attack. This is an earlier version of the Star Fort, and was enhanced with a hexagonal blockhouse, built at the Waters Edge.

The Lodge Rooms located at Higher O’Connell Street contain many items of interest for visiting Brethren. Amongst their many treasures will be seen some of the following.

A View of The Lodgeroom in Kinsale.

A View of The Lodgeroom in Kinsale.

Inscriptionon The Master's Maul, Kinsale.

Inscriptionon The Master’s Maul, Kinsale.

An image of The Old Lodge Chest.

An image of The Old Lodge Chest.

Lodge Crest 234 Kinsale

Lodge Crest 234 Kinsale

Brethren, as you can see, there is plenty to see around the town and environs to maintain our interest, and in the evenings we have a choice of excellent restaurants and watering holes. Amongst the best of these facilities are The White House in Pearce Street, The Armada Bar in Market Street, The Spaniard Inn, The Folkhouse Bar, noted for its music and entertainment, The Lord Kinsale onMain Street and The Greyhound Bar on Market Square. Last but by no means least is The Speckled Door, located on The Old Head in Kinsale, noted as a centre of excellence for food and refreshment.

Map of Kinsale.

Map of Kinsale.

As on all Lodge visits organised by The Irish Lodge of Research, we are always delighted to welcome visitors, from the local area or from further afield, who are always welcome to join with us on our journey of discovery, as we try to gain further insights into the growth of Irish Freemasonry, throughout the Island of Ireland.

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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