'There are ladies' nights. I don't particularly enjoy them and I don't think the women do either. If you asked them what they thought about Freemasonry, the answer would be that they find it hilarious'Assistant to the Grand Secretary, Irish Freemasons
A freemason is a man of honour, living in good repute amongst his neighbours. Strabane during the Troubles was a town under siege. I needed some repair work done and the builders recommended to me were Freemasons. It stuck with me that, even in this staunchly nationalist town, the Freemasons were respected.
When I applied to join, they didn't know me from Adam. It was about a year before my application was considered. One mason who worked around the corner would drop in regularly and say hello. He said there was a backlog of applications to sort through. Of course, I realise now I was being evaluated.
Freemasons are ordinary men working ordinary jobs. We don't have any high opinion of ourselves.