Lodge of Ireland
the Grand Master: -
Welcome to the first issue of our new Grand Lodge News Sheet, which will
be published about three weeks before each Communication of Grand Lodge.
I hope that it will prove both interesting and informative to you and all
our Brethren so that everyone will be aware of the many interesting
events, which occur regularly in Irish Freemasonry.
I extend to you my best wishes for an enjoyable Masonic year.
275th Anniversary of Provincial Grand Lodge of
The Province of Munster will be celebrating 275 years of continuous
working and Grand Lodge will hold its Quarterly Communication in Cork on
Saturday 2nd March 2002 at 3 pm. The meeting will be held in
Rochestown Park Hotel. All Master Masons are welcome to attend. Anyone
wishing to be present at the Celebratory Banquet after the Communication,
should contact the Provincial Grand Secretary, V.W.Bro. W F Baker – 14
Rochelle Park, Victoria Avenue, Cork.
Celebratory Dinner, 20th April 2002 – Balmoral
Conference Centre, Belfast.
A Celebratory Dinner is being held at the above venue on
Saturday 20th April at 7:30 pm. to acknowledge the appointment
of our Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Eric N Waller; the Deputy Grand Master,
R.W.Bro. George Dunlop , and the Assistant Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Wm. Mawhinney.
This will be an evening to
remember, at which our Ladies will be most welcome. Ticket sales are going
very well and it is advisable to confirm your requirements soon before the
ceiling of 350 places is reached. Dress: Formal. Ticket: £25 each
Ireland 2000 is the Constitution’s only “official” Internet Lodge meeting over
the World Wide Web.It was constituted on the 8th June 2000 by the
then Grand Master – M.W.Bro. Darwin H Templeton. The Lodge can be
viewed on www.ireland2000.org where details of its
objectives and how to become an affiliate member are explained.
Contact: R.W.Bro. William Clarke
Freemasons of Ireland
The Grand Master’s Millennium Golf Competition has established itself as
a calendar event with the “golfing fraternity” within the Order. Details of the 2002 Competition will be announced shortly and
the final will be held in August at the Killymoon Golf Club, Cookstown.
In last year’s Competition, 164 competitors took part in the
play-off, including Masons, non-Masons and Ladies. For further
information, contact the Competition Secretary V.W.Bro. Noel Simpson,
Those with “IT skills” will probably be aware of the Internet
Site for the Grand Lodge at:- www.irish-freemasons.org The site has recently undergone
significant change thanks to the continued efforts of the Webmaster –
R.W.Bro. Richard Gray. The site provides an “awful lot” of information
and many links to individual Lodge sites throughout the Constitution.
Since it was first launched on St. John’s Day (27th December
1998), in excess of 66,000 hits (or visits) have been made to the site. If
you have not already done so, surf-on-in and be impressed.
|Currently the Lodge has a
membership of 30 Brethren dispersed around the world. Come, have a look
and think about expanding your Masonic interest and commitment.
10 year rule”
to go or not to go – that is the question?
Having constituted a Grand Master’s Council on 6th December
2001, one of the first matters for consideration was the relaxation or
otherwise of the “10 year rule” for subordinate Lodges. The Grand
Master has, for some time, been aware that many subordinate Lodges have
found themselves in difficulty, trying to fill the so-called permanent
offices i.e. Treasurer, Secretary, Director of Ceremonies etc.
He has asked the Council to reflect on the appropriateness of
continuing with the 10 year rule and the outcome of their deliberations is
expected for the March Communication of Grand Lodge.
Whatever the outcome, this will only apply to subordinate Lodges
and will not in any way affect the current position of offices held in
Grand Lodge, Provincial Grand Lodge, Inspection or Charity Committees and
The Northern Provinces’ Committee was formed in 1999 to plan and
co-ordinate activities to celebrate the 275th Anniversary of Grand Lodge
in the year 2000. The founding chairman was R.W. Bro. Robert Thomson, then
P.G.M. of Antrim. This forum
brought together the Provincial Grand Masters of the Northern Provinces.
It continues to prove a useful platform to discuss issues peculiar to
their area and to
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provide oversight of the organising
of events such as Concerts, Banquets, Golf Competitions, Open Days, etc.,
in order to raise funds for charity.
Gifted Brethren from the Provinces are co-opted to subcommittees and give
valuable assistance with the running of these and other events. The
present Secretary to the Committee is R.W.Bro. Bill Clarke. The outgoing
chairman is the R.W. Deputy Grand Master who has been succeeded by
R.W.Bro. George Miskimmins, P.G. Master of Armagh.
Northern Provinces –
Charity Concert Committee
During 2000 and 2001, the above Committee has organised 2 Charity Concerts
in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, to raise money for both Masonic and
non-Masonic Charities. Thanks
to the excellent support of the Brethren across the Province, the total
monies donated to date, have been as follows:-
Grand Master’s Millennium Appeal
Victoria Jubilee Annuity Fund
2 x £5,000 = £10,000
A magnificent sum by any standard and one for which you the Brethren and
your friends can be justly proud having raised for such good causes.
Another Charity Concert is at the planning stage for 2003 and full details will be
published in due course. Please
let us have your continued support.
OF NEW PROVINCIAL
Provincial Grand Lodge of Down
Following the Installation of R.W. Bro. William Mawhinney as Assistant Grand Master on
22nd November 2001, R.W. Bro. John F. Kerr
was installed on 15th December as Provincial Grand Master of Down by our
new Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Eric Waller. R.W.Bro.
Robert Armstrong was subsequently installed as Provincial
Deputy Grand Master and R.W.Bro. Rev. Canon
Kenneth W Cochrane as Provincial Assistant Grand Master.
The ceremonies took place in
the Balmoral Conference Centre, Belfast.
Provincial Grand Lodge of Londonderry & Donegal
At a Stated Communication of the
Provincial Grand Lodge of Londonderry & Donegal held on Thursday 7th
February 2002, the M.W. Grand Master installed R.W.Bro. Robert G. Quigley as
Provincial Grand Master. R.W.
Bro. Winston Patterson was installed as Provincial Deputy Grand
Master and R.W.Bro.
Jack Graham as Provincial Assistant Grand Master.
A Celebratory Dinner followed in the White Horse Inn Hotel, Campsie,
which was attended by some 250 brethren and their ladies, in the company
of the Grand Master and Mrs Waller.
We would wish the new
Provincial Grand Masters and their Provinces every success.
Lipman in Dublin
The Metropolitan Board has organised a successful fund-raising evening at
Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre on 3rd February last.
The English actress and comedienne Maureen Lipman, who is a tireless
supporter of the Hospice movement, was delighted to accept an invitation
to perform and very generously waived her fee for the evening. She visited
Our Lady’s Hospice at Harold’s Cross, accompanied by the Grand Master
and Rt. Wor. Bro. S Davies, Chairman of the Metropolitan Board.
The event is expected to raise the Grand Sum, of at least,
No. 2 Dublin
Lodge No. 2 probably pre-dates its Warrant and is one of the “Six Lodges
of Gentlemen” which helped to form the Grand Lodge of Ireland on 24th
June 1725. The Grand Lodge Register indicates that the Lodge was
definitely at work on 22nd May 1727, although its Warrant was
not issued until 24th October 1732. Over its 275 years of
working, the Lodge has met in various locations around the City
including:- The Black Lion, Winetavern St. (c.1730); The Hercules, St.
Patrick’s St. (c.1735); The Green Posts, Meath St. (c.1744);
“Shaw’s”, Chapel St. (c.1790) – to mention but a few -
|and finally removing to
Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth St. in Oct
On Friday 25th January 2002 in Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin, Lodge 2 celebrated 275
years continuous working. W.Bro. Ken Roe, Worshipful Master presided
supported by the Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Eric N. Waller. Lodge 2 was
supported by Brethren of Lodges 511 and 395 Dublin. An attendance of 86
Brethren enjoyed the celebrations for this historic occasion.
Induction of new Chief Rabbi for Ireland
The Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Eric N. Waller,
by invitation represented the Grand Lodge of Ireland on January 30th
at the Terenure Synagogue, Dublin when the New Chief Rabbi of Ireland,
Very Rev. Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Pearlman was inducted by the Very
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of Britain. The President of Ireland,
Mary McAleese, Church Leaders and leading politicians were present.
Irish Masonic Records
The updated version of this very valuable publication now comprises as
much information as has, so far, come to hand regarding each issue of a
Warrant and extensive use has been made of all printed Lodge
"Histories" at present in the G.L. Library, or in known private
hands. Numerous newspaper extracts are also included.
Further information can be found from the G.L. web site.
success or otherwise of any “news sheet” depends upon the quality and
variety of articles it contains. This News Sheet is not solely for the
promotion of Grand Lodge matters, rather it is there to serve Provincial
Grand Lodges and Subordinate Lodges alike. The
editorial team will be glad to receive interesting articles regarding
functions / special anniversaries / letters etc. We would ask that the
“kiss” principle is recognised – “keep it simple and short” –
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Grand Lodge News Letter,
c/o 115 The Mount,
Belfast BT5 4ND
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