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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.