Welcome to the Grand Lodge of Ireland Web-Site designed to provide everyone with an insight into Irish Freemasonry and its activities.
Freemasonry is kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, earnest in work, pity and concern for the unfortunate, resistance towards evil, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love for one another and reverence and love for God.
Freemasonry is many things, but above all, Freemasonry is a way of life, not "apart" from society but a "part of society". In the year 2008 we held our third "Grand Master's Festival of Charity" during which we raised £600,000 for very worthy Non-Masonic Charities. On this occasion the three charities were, The Samaritans, The Northern Ireland Children's Hospice and the Laura Lynn Children's Hospice Foundation.
Membership of our Order is open to all men of integrity and goodwill, irrespective of colour or creed, on condition that they profess a belief in a Supreme Being. How they choose to worship Him is not of interest to us. There is evidence that Freemasonry existed in Ireland 500 years ago. The Grand Lodge of Ireland, our governing body, was constituted in 1725 and celebrated its 275th Anniversary in the year 2000, the last year of the 20th century.
We are the second oldest Grand Lodge in the World. Freemasonry brings men of goodwill together to enjoy one another's company and to continue our traditions dating back hundreds of years. It fulfils as great a need to-day as it did then.
Our Lodges are located all over the island of Ireland and in many Countries overseas. It is said that the sun never sets on Irish Freemasonry. This web-site enables our Brethren near and far to be close to us at all times.
We hope that non-Masonic visitors to the web-site will find it interesting and informative. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
In the meantime, may I direct you to read the "Fundamental Principles of Freemasonry" which are set out below.
I extend warmest greetings to all our visitors.
M.W.Bro. Douglas T. Grey, Grand Master
GRAND LODGE OF FREEMASONS OF IRELAND
DECLARATION OF FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THE ORDER
1. The first condition of admission into, and membership of, the Order is a belief in the
Supreme Being. This is essential and admits of no compromise.
2. The Bible, referred to by Freemasons as the Volume of the Sacred Law, is always open in
the Lodges. Every candidate is required to take his Obligation on that Book or on the Volume
which is held by his particular creed to impart sanctity to an oath or promise taken upon it.
3. Everyone who enters Freemasonry is at the outset strictly forbidden to countenance any
act which may have a tendency to subvert peace and good order of society; he must pay due
obedience to the law of any State in which he resides or which may afford him protection, and he
must never be remiss in the allegiance due to the Sovereign / Head of State of his native land.
4. While Irish Freemasonry thus inculcates in each of its members the duties of loyalty and
citizenship, it reserves to the individual the right to hold his own opinion with regard to public
affairs. But neither in any Lodge, nor at any time in his capacity as a Freemason, is he permitted
to discuss or to advance his views on theological or political questions.
5. The Grand Lodge has always consistently refused to express any opinion on questions of
foreign or domestic state policy either at home or abroad, and it will not allow its name to be
associated with any action, however humanitarian it may appear to be, which infringes its
unalterable policy of standing aloof from every question affecting the relations between one
government and another, or between political parties, or questions as to rival theories of
6. The Grand Lodge is aware that there do exist Bodies, styling themselves Freemasons,
which do not adhere to these principles, and while that attitude exists, the Grand Lodge of Ireland
refuses absolutely to have any relations with such Bodies or to regard them as Freemasons.
7. This Grand Lodge is a Sovereign and independent Body practising Freemasonry only
within the three Degrees and only with the limits defined in its Constitution as "pure Ancient
Masonry". It does not recognise or admit the existence of any superior Masonic authority,
8. There is no secret with regard to any of the basic principles of Freemasonry, some of
which have been stated above. The Grand Lodge will always consider the recognition of those
Grand Lodges which profess, and practice and can show that they have consistently professed
and practised those established and unaltered principles, but in no circumstances will it enter into
discussion with a view to any new or varied interpretation of them. They must be accepted and
practised wholeheartedly and in their entirety by those who desire to be recognised as
Freemasons by the Grand Lodge of Ireland.