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 was the Grand Master's wish
that a new edition would continue to be published four times a year,
however, due to spiralling costs, it was decided to cease the printed
editions of the News Sheet to be only available in digital format.
In 2015, due to a variety of reasons it was reluctantly
decided to also cease the digital editions, with the December 2015 issue
being the last one.
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remember the Brethren of North Munster who served in WWI, Wor Bro Tony
Thuillier, of Ormonde Lodge 201, has researched the military, family
and Masonic histories and activities of all those who are listed on
the Roll of Honour in the Masonic Centre's museum.
His work has now been published in a very fine book which costs just
€30.00 plus postage - €7.50 within the island of Ireland and €10.00 to
the UK mainland.
are limited but are available by sending an e-mail to:
The Provincial Grand Lodge of North Munster.
2018 news from the Lodges
Presentation in memory of Bro
Bro Desmond Scales was originally from Foynes Co Limerick
and worked there during the era of the Flying Boats in the 1940s when
regular transatlantic flights commenced. The first commercial
transatlantic flight on Pan Am’s flying boat, the Yankee Clipper
landed at Foynes on 8th July 1939 and flights continued there until
operations commenced at Shannon Airport, across the river. Des later
went on to work with various airlines overseas and eventually retired to
Scotland, but returned to Foynes in July 1989 for the opening of the
Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum and maintained contact with the
Museum from then on.
In return for Lodge 333 honouring Des, with the then WM,
Declan O’Regan and Lodge Treasurer, John Shaw, travelling to Des’ home
to present him with his 70-year jewel and certificate, W Bro Des
presented a beautiful “quaich” or Scottish drinking vessel with
two handles. This now resides in the North Munster Museum.
Following Bro Scales’ passing to the Grand Lodge Above on
13th March 2018 at the grand old age of 93, Triune Lodge 333 made a
presentation to the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum in memory of
the late Bro Scales at his family’s request. Pictured above are W Bro
John Shaw, Margaret O’Shaughnessy (Director) and W Bro Declan O’Regan.
In the background is a portrait of W Bro O’Regan’s father, Dr Brendan
O’Regan, who will forever be associated with Foynes.
Art exhibition - 3rd-9th June
The Masonic Centre hosted a very successful art
exhibition in aid of
for Mental Health Green Ribbon Art Exhibition.
were plenty of visitors from both local and from far and wide to support
this excellent cause
Triune Lodge 333 News
The latest 'significant' anniversary event in Triune
Lodge 333 celebrated a total of 130 years of membership for two of its
members, W Bro Cyril Galbraith (joined 19th March 1948) and VW Bro
Donald (Donny) Webster (joined 18th April 1958).
W Bro Cyril, in his 90s is very much 'hale and hearty'
and still a current campanologist (That's a bell ringer to you and me!)
VW Bro Donny is also still 'hale and hearty' and an
active Mason at all levels.
The Lodge had a very well-attended meeting in April and
their 70- and 60-year certificates were presented by RW Bro John T
Hassett, Provincial Deputy Grand Master, who has known both Brethren all
his life and was delighted to be present to make the presentations.
The very happy group shown above includes RW Bro Hassett
(PDGM), W Bro Cyril Galbraith, W Bro Declan O'Regan (Acting WM) and VW
Bro Donny Webster and the many others who were there to congratulate
At the Festive Board after the meeting, the Lodge
organised an appropriate cake which both honoured members cut together.
2017 news from the Lodges
Ormonde Lodge 201
On Tuesday, 12th December 2017 Ormonde Lodge 201 gathered in
the presence of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, the Right Worshipful
Provincial Grand Master, his Deputy and two Past Provincial Grand
Masters, as well as many other Provincial Officers of North Munster
along with several Provincial Officers of other Provinces and, of
course, a large contingent of the members of Lodge 201 to celebrate with
Right Worshipful Brother Cyril Robert Foster as he marked 60 years as a
Freemason. Wor Bro Tony Thuillier had prepared a "This is your
Masonic Life" tribute to RW Bro Cyril which detailed some of his
activities both personal and Masonic over a long Masonic "career".
Naturally there were many sustained rounds of applause during a
wonderfully happy meeting. The meeting was then followed by a
beautiful meal in the Centre's dining room where a suitably decorated
cake was enjoyed by all.
RW Bro CR Foster, Past Prov Deputy Grand Master and MW
Bro Douglas T Grey, Grand Master.
RW Bro TH Peirce, PGM, RW Bro CR Foster, PPDGM, W Bro M
Naughton Jnr, WM and MW Bro DT Grey, GM.
RW Bro Foster and his Brethren of Ormonde Lodge 201 with
MW Bro DT Grey, Grand Master.
The entire attendance to mark the 60 wonderful years of
RW Bro Foster's Masonic membership.
W Bro Tony Thuillier and MW Bro DT Grey
RW Bro Cyril cutting the cake which was enjoyed by all.
In addition, W Bro David Naughton-Shires prepared a
beautiful souvenir menu which detailed RW Bro Cyril's extensive Masonic
"C.V.", which really is extensive!
Lodge and other Lodge News
Triune Lodge 333 group on the occasion of electing Rt Wor Bro Kenneth G
Brislane as an Emeritus member 17th November 2017.
Worshipful Master, W Bro Declan O'Regan, Rt Wor Bro Kenneth Brislane &
Rt Wor Bro Thomas Peirce, Provincial Grand Master.
V Wor Bro Donald C Webster, W Bro Declan O'Regan, W Bro John Shaw and W
Bro Val Casey celebrating VW Bro Donny's birthday after Lodge 333's
meeting on 17th November 2017
Triune Lodge 333's visit to Belgium
Following a visit to Limerick some time ago by some
Masons from Ghent, Triune Lodge 333 made arrangements to extend their
A most fraternal welcome was extended to the Irish
Brethren and as can be seen from the photographs below there were many
90th Birthday celebrations
To mark the 90th birthday of Past Provincial Grand
Master, RW Bro Kenneth G Brislane in August 2017, he took the Chair of his
Mother Lodge, Triune Lodge 333 at their September 2017 Communication.
RW Bro Kenneth G Brislane, 90 years young!
RW Bro Thomas H Peirce, PGM, RW Bro Kenneth G Brislane,
Past PGM & RW Bro John T Hassett, PDGM.
The members and visitors who attended to wish RW Bro Ken
a very happy birthday,
and, of course, the cake!
175 years of Freemasonry in North
Provincial Grand Lodge of North
Munster, 1842 to 2017.
To mark the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the
Provincial Grand Lodge of North Munster the May Communication featured a
considerable number of Brethren, both local and from all over the island
of Ireland. The Province was especially honoured by a visit from
the Assistant Grand Master, Rt Wor Bro Leslie J Nixon, shown here in the
The meeting was followed by a celebratory dinner in the
Centre's dining room which was filled to capacity.
Worshipful Master, Declan O'Regan and W Bro John Shaw of
Triune Lodge 333 of North Munster travelled to Turnberry in Scotland on
30th March 2017 on a specific mission. Their objective was to
visit and make a very special presentation to Bro Desmond EL Scales.
The date was relevant as it was seventy-one years and one day since Bro
Scales joined the Craft on Friday 29th March 1946. As the longest
serving member, not only of Lodge 333, but of the Province of North
Munster, it was with great pleasure and celebration that Bro Scales was
presented with his 70-year Platinum Jubilee Certificate and 50-year
jewel with two bars.
Pictured, left to right: W Bro D O'Regan, Aidan Scales (grandson), Bro
DEL Scales, W Bro J Shaw.
Bro Scales passed away peacefully on 13th March 2018, having completed
an unbroken membership 'fractionally' short of 72 years.
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 may now being arranged,
for groups, by Limerick Civic Trust who may be contacted by phone at 061
31 33 99.
also be made with the
Provincial Grand Lodge of North Munster by e-mail to:
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