Since 1844, the headquarters of Freemasonry in the province of Munster has been the Masonic Hall in Tuckey Street, one of the many premises throughout the city that opened their doors to the public on August 28th, National Heritage Day. It is also the meeting place of the local St Fin Barre’s Lodge No. 8.
I called in there soon after opening time and found it quite busy. Got a big welcome and an information leaflet and spent some time wandering around the various floors and looking at the souvenirs and artefacts of the order over the centuries.
Here you will find many historical items, including the original ceremonial level used at the laying of the foundation stone of the modern Patrick’s Bridge (1859) and later at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral (1865); ceremonial mason aprons, and banners, emblazoned with coats of arms of Prince Masons past and present, antique chairs and desks and so much more.
And indeed, there would have even more but for the 1970 fire that destroyed the adjoining Jennings Furniture and that damaged part of the Lodge.
If you’d like to visit, a coffee morning is held each Friday from 10.15am to 11.45am. All are welcome to visit and it is often an excellent introduction for prospective members. All proceeds from these mornings are donated to charity.
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