ANTIENT, FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF IRELAND
QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION ‑THURSDAY, 4th MARCH, 2004
The Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge.
M.W. Grand Master
Eric N. Waller, on the Throne
R.W. Deputy Grand Master
R.W. Assistant Grand Master
R.W. Senior Grand Warden
Robert J. Thomson
R.W. Junior Grand Warden
R.W. Grand Treasurer
Charles W. Olden
R.W. Grand Registrar
Arthur D.S. Moran
R.W. Grand Secretary
Michael W. Walker
R.W. Gnd. Dir. of Ceremonies
Cecil D. Burns
R.W. Senior Grand Chaplain
Rev. Canon George N. Little
R.W. Junior Grand Chaplains
Ven. Archdeacon John Murray
Rev. Selwoode Graham
V.W. Senior Grand Deacon
Winston C. Patterson
V.W. Junior Grand Deacon
Alan R. Crowe
V.W. Ass. Grand Secretaries
D. Barry Lyons
Michael R. McWilliam
V.W. Ass. Gnd. Dir. of Cerem.
Marcus O. Steenson
V.W. Grand Steward
Cecil P. Tilson
V.W. Grand Sword Bearer
V.W. Gnd. Stewards of Charities
Robert T. McCaffrey
V.W. Grand Almoners
Alan R.G.R. Patterson
William M. Lee
V.W. Grand Organist
John N. Rowden
V. W. Gnd. Lodge Std. Bearer
V. W. Gnd. Master's Std.Bearer
Samuel W.J. Craig
V.W. Grand Inner Guard
Robert J. Robinson
V. W. Gnd. Secy. for Instruction
Michael J. Ward
V.W. Ass. Gnd. Secy. for Instruction
Robert J. Armstrong
There were also present:‑ R.W. Brother R. Eric Fenelon, Past Deputy Grand
Master; R.W. Brothers Daniel B. Fincher and R. Stanley Johnston, Past Senior
Grand Wardens; the Provincial Grand Masters of Armagh, North Connaught, South
Connaught, Down, the Midland Counties, North Munster, South Eastern and
Wicklow & Wexford; the Provincial Deputy Grand Masters of Antrim, Armagh,
North Connaught, South Connaught, Down, Londonderry & Donegal, Meath, the
Midland Counties, North Munster, South Eastern, Tyrone & Fermanagh and Wicklow
& Wexford; R.W. Brothers Charles Hatch and Cyril R. Foster, Past Provincial
Deputy Grand Masters; R.W. Brother The Ven. E. Brian Snow, Past Senior Grand
Chaplain; R.W. Brothers The Rev. Charles McCurdy and The Very Rev. Philip J.
Knowles, Past Junior Grand Chaplains; V.W. Brothers Arthur W. Fielding and
John N. Millar, Past Grand Deacons; V.W. Brothers Samuel H. Boyle and Arnold
J. Cooke, Honorary Past Grand Deacons; V.W. Brothers Brian Sheridan and Samuel
Scott, Honorary Past Grand Stewards; V.W. Brothers Arthur W. White, J. Ardle
Agnew, Charles A. McCullough, W. Trevor Morrow and Dennis R. Millen, Past
Grand Stewards of Charities; V.W. Brothers David A.R. Lovesy and Victor Whyte,
Past Grand Almoners; and V.W. Brothers Robert J. Hunter, Donald H. Finlay and
Peter D.G. Read, Past Grand Master's Standard Bearers.
SISTER CONSTITUTIONS REPRESENTED
The following Grand Lodges were represented:‑ Scotland, Manitoba, Nova
Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Victoria, New Zealand,
Tasmania, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Italy
(Regular), the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Alaska, Arkansas,
District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, South
Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Cuscatlan of El Salvador,
Argentina, Brazil (Grand Orient), Chile, Ecuador, Mato Grosso, Sao Paulo,
Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, South Africa, China, India,
the Philippines and the Prince Hall Grand Lodges of Colorado and Ohio.
APOLOGIES FOR NON‑ATTENDANCE
Apologies for non‑attendance were received from:‑ R.W. Brother Robert
Campbell, Past Senior Grand Warden; the Provincial Grand Masters of Antrim,
Londonderry & Donegal, Munster and Tyrone & Fermanagh; the Provincial Deputy
Grand Master of Munster; R.W. Brothers William J.E. Dukelow and William W.
Hughes, Past Provincial Grand Masters; R.W. Brothers Allen G. Megarry and
Michael R. Bicknell, Past Grand Directors of Ceremonies; R.W. Brother The Rt.
Rev. Samuel G. Poyntz, Past Senior Grand Chaplain; R.W. Brothers The Ven. R.
Clayton Stevenson, The Rev. Warren Porter, The Rev. Walter Herron and The Rev.
Canon R.H. Bertram, Past Junior Grand Chaplains; V.W. Brothers Arthur T.
Pollock, Gordon V. Bradshaw, T. Noel Bownes and Leslie V. Johnston, Past Grand
Deacons; the V.W. Grand Superintendent of Works; V.W. Brother Ralph B.
McGuckin, Past Grand Superintendent of Works; V.W. Brother Robert Bankhead,
Grand Steward of Charities; V.W. Brothers Trevor Monteith, Andrew McFetridge,
Richard J. Reid, William J. Johnston and Herbert A. Walsh, Past Grand Stewards
of Charities; V.W. Brothers Cecil G. Oakes and Bernard V.A. Woods, Past Grand
Almoners; V.W. Brothers Dr. Norman Jackson, S. Gordon Leathern, Thomas A.D.
Martin, David M. Wright and Samuel A. Mackenzie, Past Grand Master's Standard
Bearers; Sqn.Ldr. L.J.T. West, Honorary Past Grand Deacon; R.W. Brothers
Harold Ross and Douglas Wakefield, Past Grand Representatives; and the
Representatives of the Grand Lodges of Alberta, New Brunswick, Western
Australia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, France, Greece (National),
Hungary, Norway, Poland, Turkey, Kansas, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New
York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Benin, Gabon and Guinea; and the
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut.
Grand Lodge being opened, the Grand Master, Grand Officers and members of
Grand Lodge were welcomed to the Province of the Midland Counties by R.W.
Brother J. Kenneth Dunne, Provincial Grand Master. The Grand Master thanked
R.W. Brother Dunne saying that he recalled the previous occasion on which
Grand Lodge had met in Newbridge in the year 1996.
The Grand Master referred to the recent deaths of R.W. Bro. Frederick
Hall, Past Provincial Grand Master of Natal, Honorary Past Grand Deacon; V.W.
Bro. Col. Abdul M.M. Fareed, Honorary Past Grand Superintendent of Works, Sri
Lanka; R.W. Bro. Joseph N. Lewis, Representative of the Grand Lodge of the
State of Israel and R.W. Bro. Lewis S.D. Seymour, Past Representative of the
Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. The memory of our departed distinguished
Brethren was saluted:
On the proposal of R.W. Brother Robert J. Thomson, Senior Grand Warden,
seconded by R.W. Brother John Greer, Junior Grand Warden, the Minutes of the
December 6th 2003, Communication of Grand Lodge, which had been circulated,
were taken as read, approved and signed.
The Grand Director of Ceremonies formed a procession and presented V.W.
Brothers Robert T. McCaffrey, Grand Steward of Charities, and V.W. Brother
Kenneth Abernethy, Grand Lodge Standard Bearer, to the Grand Master for
investiture. V.W. Brothers McCaffrey and Abernethy were conducted to their
seats and were saluted.
INVESTITURE OF CHAIRMAN OF THE METROPOLITAN BOARD
The Grand Director of Ceremonies formed a procession and presented R.W.
Brother Richard Ensor to the Grand Master for investiture as Chairman of the
Metropolitan Board. The Grand Master congratulated Brother Ensor on his
election which he said he had much pleasure in confirming and he referred to
the sterling work of his predecessor in Office, R.W. Brother Selwyn Davies.
R.W. Brother Ensor was conducted to his seat and was saluted.
NEW GRAND REPRESENTATIVES
R.W. Brothers Sydney C.A. Stephens, Victor Scott and Noel Simpson, being
in attendance and having produced their Patents of Appointment, the Grand
Director of Ceremonies formed a procession and presented them to the Grand
Master for investiture as Representatives of the Grand Lodge of Idaho, the
Grand Lodge of Missouri and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Colorado,
respectively. The Grand Master congratulated the Brethren on their
appointments; and they were conducted to their seats and were saluted.
MOTION TO AMEND GRAND LODGE LAW NO. 141
Notice of Motion having been handed in at the December, 2003,
Communication of Grand Lodge to amend Grand Lodge Law No. 141, paragraphs I
and III, Grand Lodge unanimously approved the Motion, in the case of both
paragraphs, in line 3 after the word "or" to delete the words ", where the
Lodge meets outside Ireland,". The effect of this amendment grants Provincial
Grand Masters in Ireland the same power as Provincial Grand Masters overseas,
to grant dispensations for the conferral of Degrees with a lesser period of
time intervening than the statutory twelve weeks, if sufficient reason be
REPORT OF THE GRAND LODGE BOARD OF GENERAL PURPOSES
The Board noted, with regret, for reporting to Grand Lodge, the decision
of the Brethren of Lodge No. 855, Johannesburg, to return the Warrant.
A vacancy having arisen in the Representation of the United Grand Lodge of
New South Wales, the Board recommended that the name of V.W. Brother Edward
H.W. Newenham, Past Provincial Grand Warden of Munster, be sent forward for
consideration by the Grand Lodge of New South Wales as a suitable Brother to
act as their Grand Representative here. Confirmed.
The Board noted a request for recognition from the Grand Lodge of
Lithuania. Having heard from the Secretary that this Grand Lodge had
been'constituted by the United Grand Lodges of Germany, with which we are in
amity, and that we had received assurances from the United Grand Lodge of
England, as to its regularity and the United Grand Lodge of England itself
having granted recognition, the Board recommended to Grand Lodge that
recognition be granted to the Grand Lodge of Lithuania and an exchange of
Grand Representatives agreed. Confirmed.
There being, therefore, a vacancy in the Representation of the Grand Lodge
of Lithuania, the Grand Master indicated that he would wish to nominate W.
Brother Paul C. Stewart, Wor. Master of Temple Lodge No. VI, Dublin, and who
had rendered sterling service to Freemasonry in the Metropolitan Area over a
lengthy period, for submission for their approval as a suitable Brother to act
as their Grand Representative here. Confirmed.
The Board considered a request from R.W. Brother Donald Milliken to use
the title `Freemasons of Blaris' for his group whilst undertaking voluntary
charitable work in South Africa. The Board decided that this request be
submitted to Grand Lodge, without recommendation. On hearing explanations
Grand Lodge approved the request. R.W. Brother Milliken, who was in
attendance, thanked the Grand Master and Brethren for their indulgence.
CONFERRAL OF HONORARY GRAND RANK
The Grand Master, with the concurrence of Grand Lodge, conferred the
following Honorary Ranks:
Past Grand Deacon
V. W. Bro. Lau Kee Siong ‑ Grand Inspector Designate for South East Asia
Past Grand Superintendent of Works
V.W. Bro. Derrick Chivers ‑ on promotion from Past Grand Steward, Gaborone,
V.W. Bro. W.M.K. Wijetunga ‑ on promotion from Overseas District Grand
Rank, Sri Lanka
V.W. Bro. Ananda Gunatilleke ‑ on promotion from Overseas District Grand
Rank, Sri Lanka
Past Grand Steward
V.W. Bro. Paul R. MacCallum ‑ on promotion from Overseas District Grand
Rank, S.E. Asia
GRAND MASTER'S PERSONAL REPORT
The Grand Master presented his quarterly report as follows:‑ "When I took
Office in November 2001, my prime objective was to improve the public
perception of Irish Freemasonry. I regard this as essential to the continued
success of our great Order. We have enjoyed considerable success with the
media by way of press reports, radio interviews and one television programme
We were approached last October by the researcher for the RTE television
series `Would You Believe' and in good faith we agreed to participate in what
we thought to be a factual, impartial documentary. TV cameras recorded the
early stages of the opening ceremony of Grand Lodge in Freemasons' Hall on
December 6th. Interviews with six Brethren were filmed subsequently and a
simulated Lodge meeting. A camera crew visited Carrick Manor Sheltered Housing
facility at Monkstown, Co. Dublin.,
We are grateful to all Brethren who participated in these events, especially
those whose individual interviews lasted from twenty minutes to more than an
hour. RTE chose not to use the interviews with R.W. Brother Robert Quigley and
V.W. Brother Neil Fenton. Those parts of the interviews with R.W. Brother
Archdeacon Brian Snow, W. Brother Morgan McCreadie and Brother Vere Wynne‑Jones
that were broadcast, were excellent. These Brethren were honest, sincere and
informative; regrettably RTE were not. This was never expected to be a
recruitment video. Inevitably criticism would be levelled at us but the critic
chosen by RTE was given an unfair length of time to present totally inaccurate,
futile criticism. No intelligent viewer could have taken him seriously.
Melodramatic film sequences depicting ritual from an unknown source, were
misleading and not Irish ritual. A fact RTE failed to acknowledge. Our input
into the programme demonstrated integrity, RTE descended to the level of the
tabloid press in their obvious effort to be anti‑Masonic.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of non‑members who have
expressed interest and support for us having seen the broadcast on February 19'h
while deploring the fact that National Television should sink to such depths to
denigrate such an old, honourable institution as the Grand Lodge of Ireland. RTE
have done themselves no favours. We have survived with dignity and honour intact
having dispelled at least some myths and misconceptions. Brethren watching the
programme must have reacted with a mixture of dismay, disbelief and anger that
such blatant bias should have been directed towards us. If you have not had any
personal involvement with the media, particularly press or TV, you should be
aware that, while acting in good faith, we have no editorial input into the
resulting newspaper report or TV programme, so these will rarely be 100%
favourable and some criticism is inevitable. A success rate of 70% is success.
We are not placing an advertisement which we have drafted.
Reaction to the programme has been generally very positive from Brethren and
the general public. The Grand Secretary will confirm that within hours he
received four emails and letters from men interested in joining. I am
particularly grateful for the many personal telephone calls and letters which I
received expressing support and encouragement.
Undeterred, we will continue to promote Freemasonry throughout Ireland
explaining that we are non‑political, non‑sectarian, tolerant and kind to our
fellow beings, charitable to members and the general public alike and we strive
to maintain truth, integrity and high moral standards.
These facts must not be kept secret from the public. What wonderful news we
have to tell!!
None of our PR success would have been possible without the support of W.
Brother Trevor Hanna in Belfast and Brother Vere Wynne‑Jones in Dublin, whose
professional advice and expertise is invaluable. R.W. Brother Kenneth Dunne,
Provincial Grand Master of the Midland Counties and I gave an interview this
morning to the Editor of a local newspaper, the Kildare Nationalist, which will
publish a feature next week on Freemasonry throughout Ireland and in County
Kildare. This work will continue and we will continue to promote the true nature
of Irish Freemasonry".
R.W. Brother Winston C. Patterson, Provincial Deputy Grand Master of
Londonderry & Donegal, Senior Grand Deacon, following on the Grand Master's
personal report, rose to convey the unstinting support, loyalty and appreciation
of all the Brethren for the sterling work and effort which the Grand Master has
put into the promotion of the Masonic Order in Ireland ever since his
installation. R.W. Brother Patterson's words and sentiments were greeted with
WELCOME TO VISITING BRETHREN
The Grand Master welcomed W. Brother Charles W. Craine, Provincial Grand
Secretary of the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Isle of Man (EC); and Brother
Alastair Hogben, a member of Lodge Elgin & Bruce No. 1077 (SC).
THANKS TO ORGANIZING BRETHREN
The R.W. Deputy Grand Master thanked V.W. Brother Peter Read and the many
Brethren involved in helping with the arrangements for the excellent lunch and
the splendid arrangements for the Grand Lodge Communication.
SALEM LODGE No. 62, TRALEE SPECIAL WEEKEND MEETING
The Grand Secretary reminded Brethren that Salem Lodge No. 62, Tralee, in
the Province of Munster, was holding a special weekend meeting and celebration
over the weekend of Saturday April P. Any and all interested Brethren, along
with their ladies and friends, were invited to take part, it being expected that
a number of Brethren and ladies from the English Constitution would be visiting.
The Charity Collection amounted to €1,238.
Grand Lodge Closed.