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Castle Street,
King's Island,
Limerick.

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What is Freemasonry ?

Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternities with some 20,000 members in Ireland and around 6 million members worldwide. It is a society concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught these precepts by a series of ancient forms, using the customs and tools of the stonemason as allegorical guides.  It has been said that Freemasons use 18th century language to teach 21st century values.

Freemasonry and Religion

Freemasonry is not a religion, or a combination of religions, nor is it a substitute for religion. It expects its members to adhere to their own faith, and it does not permit discussion on religious matters at Masonic meetings and gatherings.

A Freemason is encouraged firstly to do his duty to his God through his faith and religious practice, and secondly to his neighbour through charity, tolerance and service. These ideas are not exclusively Masonic, but are universally acceptable, and Freemasons are expected to follow them.

The Three Great Principles

Freemasons are expected to adhere to three principles:

  • Brotherly Love
    Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.

  • Relief
    Freemasons are taught to practise charity, and to care, not only for their own members, but for the community as a whole, by both charitable giving, and by voluntary effort.

  • Truth
    Freemasonry strives for truth and requires high moral standards of its members.

Charity
Freemasonry has been concerned from its earliest days with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today, and in recent times substantial sums have been donated to both Masonic and non-Masonic charities. This trend is firmly established and will continue. For more information about our charity work please click here.

Freemasonry and Society
Freemasonry demands that its members abide by the laws of the country in which they work and live. Its principles do not in any way conflict with members' duties as citizens, but should rather encourage and support members in fulfilling their public and private responsibilities. Whenever we dine or celebrate in North Munster, the first toast of the evening is always to: "His Excellency the President of Ireland".

The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his business, professional or personal interests is not permitted. A Mason's duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation to other Freemasons, and any attempt to shield a Freemason who has acted dishonourably or unlawfully is strictly forbidden.

Primarily, being a Freemason gives deep meaning and satisfaction from a life lived  selflessly, ever mindful of the needs of others.

Freemasonry and Politics
Freemasonry is non-political, and any discussion of politics at Masonic meetings and gatherings is forbidden.

The Essential Qualification for Membership

The essential qualification for admission is the belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of integrity from any race or religion who can fulfil this essential qualification.  Freemasons come from all walks of life, from all occupations, or none.  In every Lodge, members meet "on a level" without the distinctions of external qualifications.

For further details please refer to the page on Membership.

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 government.

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, however styled.

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.

 

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