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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.