In March 2002
the first edition of the Grand Lodge News Sheet was printed and circulated
with the Grand Lodge Circular to all Lodges. It is the Grand Master's wish
that a new edition will continue to be published four times a year.
Due to spiralling
costs, it was decided to cease the printed editions of the News Sheet
to be only available in digital format. Unfortunately for a number
of reasons it was reluctantly decided to cease the digital editions,
with the December 2015 issue being the last one.
To view the
issue of Grand Lodge News please
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Grand Lodge website please
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Young Musician of the Year competition, please
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Share the Love and Save a Life
On St. Valentines Night 2015, the Provincial Grand
Lodge of North Munster held a dinner that raised €1,000 for Pieta House
plus additional funds for Masonic Charities.
Pieta House provides a free, therapeutic approach
to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in
self-harm. As the taboo subject of self-harming was little discussed and
rarely understood, it was decided that Pieta House would also help
people with this distressing issue.
Research has identified that for every €1,000
raised, a life can be saved. In 2013, nearly 4,000 people came to Pieta
House for help and the numbers contacting them are rising all the time.
As 90% of their income comes from fundraising events, they rely heavily
on the support and encouragement of their volunteers and the Friends of
The Provincial Grand Lodge of North
Munster played their part in saving a life by sharing the love at a St
Valentines Dinner at the Ballyneety Golf Club in County Limerick.
The photograph shows VW Bro Herbert Knowles
(Provincial Steward of Charities) handing over a cheque to Marian Long
(Administration Manager Pieta House) in the presence of RW Bro Tom Peirce
(Provincial Grand Master of North Munster). Also included are VW Bro Marcus
Lloyd and W Bro George Langley of the fundraising committee.
A visitor to Ormonde Lodge 201
Ormonde Lodge 201 welcomed a tired but happy
jogger to their October 2013 meeting, in the form of W Bro Pádraig Belton of
UGLE Lodge 2773 on his way from Malin Head to Mizen Head, all in aid of
Macmillan Cancer Support. He had jogged from Portumna that day and
set off again the following morning for Buttevant with the aim of
finishing at Mizen Head on Saturday, where he was met by some
of the members of The Fifteenth Lodge from Skibbereen. He is seen
here signing the visitors' book in the company of Secretary, Henry
Brennan on the left and Worshipful Master, Tony Thuillier on the right,
all with happy smiling faces once the job is completed!
Ormonde Lodge 201 Solstice Meeting
Ormonde Lodge 201 held their first, in fact
the very first, Solstice
Meeting on Friday, 21st June 2013 in the North Munster Masonic Centre,
Limerick. It was a very well attended meeting where the Brethren
heard a fascinating talk by Worshipful Brother Chris McClintock on the
links between the Summer Solstice and Freemasonry.
Wor Bro Chris
is the well-known Masonic author of 'The Craft and the Cross' and was
delighted to be asked to make his presentation to the very first
Solstice Meeting. For a detailed report on the evening please
Photograph courtesy of Wor Bro Chris McClintock. Click on the photograph
Antient Bandon Lodge No. 84.
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon (June 15th 2015) Antient Bandon Lodge No.
84 celebrated the 275th anniversary of the granting of their Warrant in
the presence of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, George Dunlop and the
Provincial Grand Masters of Munster and North Munster as well as a host
of other dignitaries.
A number of Brethren from North Munster were there to witness the first
meeting of the Lodge while using the two canopies over the Worshipful
Master's and Senior Warden's chairs. These canopies had been
presented to the Lodge by the Provincial Grand Lodge of North Munster
where they had been in use in the previous premises at 97 O'Connell
Street, Limerick. Since the move to Castle Street in 2004 they had
been in storage as it was not possible to use them in the new Masonic
Centre. Rather than have them deteriorate a good home was found
for them in Bandon where they have been joined by a new canopy for the
The very well-attended meeting was followed by an excellent Festive
Board at the Carlton Hotel, Kinsale where the members and visitors were
joined by the ladies.
Harp & Crown Masonic Lodge No. 60.
Harp & Crown Masonic Lodge No 60, now based in Ballymena, Co Antrim, has
its roots in the Province of North Munster where it existed in Ennis
from 1736 to 1956 at which point it transferred to Limerick, handing in
its Warrant eventually in 1965.
When the Warrant was re-issued to Ballymena in order to found the
present Harp & Crown Masonic Lodge No 60, a strong bond was formed which
continues to this day.
Evidence of this was shown in April of this year when the whole Lodge
travelled to Limerick to hold its Installation Communication here. Rt
Wor Bro Hector McKenzie, who was one of the founders in 1982, was going
in to the Chair for the second time.
On their way to Limerick they visited Knappogue Castle where some
meetings of the old Lodge 60 had been held at a time when the Castle was
owned by Lord Dunboyne. (For more on Knappogue Castle please
The happy group who met at Knappogue Castle displaying the original
The full attendance at the meeting in the North Munster Masonic
Centre displaying both the Original Warrant from 1736 as well as the
current one dated 1982.
The Officers of Lodge 60 together with the distinguished visitors
including RW Bro DT Grey, Deputy Grand Master, RW GG Ashton, Junior
Grand Warden, RW Bro J Dickson, PGM, Antrim and RW Bro GH Milne, PGM,
Guided tours of the North Munster Masonic Centre are now being arranged,
for groups, by Limerick Civic Trust who may be contacted by phone at 061
31 33 99.
Contact can be made with the
Provincial Grand Lodge of North Munster by e-mail to:
The Provincial Grand Lodge of North Munster
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