Culture Night 2016.

Some 38 regions throughout the island of Ireland ( check www.culturenight.ie ) will take part in the annual Culture Night celebrations throughout the Island of Ireland tonight. Locations as far apart as Armagh to Wicklow, Cork to Londonderry and Dublin to the wilds of Mayo will all host various arts and culture events for the pleasure, education and information of the General Public. And I’m pleased to report that Irish Freemasonry has once again stepped up to the plate to play its part in the ever evolving culture of the Island of Ireland.

Craft Lodgeroom in Tuckey Street, Cork

Craft Lodgeroom in Tuckey Street, Cork

Portrait, Jewel and Signature of The Lady Freemason - The Lady Elizabeth Aldworth.

Portrait, Jewel and Signature of The Lady Freemason – The Lady Elizabeth Aldworth.

The Magnificent Mosaic of Jacob's Ladder located behind the Senior Warden's Chair.

The Magnificent Mosaic of Jacob’s Ladder located behind the Senior Warden’s Chair.

One of our oldest and most historic halls will be open this evening in Tucky Street, Cork between the hours of 6.00pm and 9.00pm, when the public will be able to explore the building and learn about the long history of Freemasonry in the Munster area. Of particular interest in this Hall are the many surviving artifacts relating to the Lady Elizabeth Aldworth, the only Lady ever to be made a member of Irish Freemasonry.I’m sure that her story will be a major part of the Tuckey Street, Tour later this evening.

View of The Grand Lodge Room, Molesworth Street, Dublin.

View of The Grand Lodge Room, Molesworth Street, Dublin.

The Grand Master's Throne, Grand Lodgeroom Molesworth Street

The Grand Master’s Throne, Grand Lodgeroom Molesworth Street

Headquarters in Molesworth Street Dublin will also take part in the Open Night festivities tonight with guided tours running from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. We have had the Hall in Molesworth Street open before, on many occasions over the last number of years, and is well supported by the local Dubs wanting to learn more about our aims and activities.

Watercolour View of Freemasons Hall, The Mall, Sligo.

Watercolour View of Freemasons Hall, The Mall, Sligo.

The Last Grip by Frank Fellar, hangs in the Sligo Hall.

The Last Grip by Frank Fellar, hangs in the Sligo Hall.

Over in the far west, in Yeats Country, our local Sligo Hall will be open from 4.00pm. Tours will run every 45 minutes, with the last tour starting at 9.00pm tonight.

Letterkenny Hall.

Letterkenny Hall.

Further north again, in the wilds of Letterkenny town Lodge 271 Letterkenny will open their hall on the Port Road, next to An Grianan Theatre between the hours of 7.00pm and 9.00pm. This will be th first time that this Hall will ever have been open to the public, and our members in Letterkenny are hoping for a goodly number of curious citizens to come along and learn a little about our monthly activities.

Framed Will Read Floor Cloth dated 1761.

Framed Will Read Floor Cloth dated 1761.

Finally our last venue participating tonight, will be the old hall located within the Bishop’s Palace complex, Bishop Street, Londonderry. This is a fascinating building and will welcome visitors between the hours of 6.00pm and 9.00pm tonight.

So Brethren, if you are heading out with family and friends tonight, take a few moments and visit one of the five Halls detailed and support the Brethren in their efforts to present to the world at large that we are indeed a part of society and not apart from society.

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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