Friday 13 December 2019

VIDEO: A unique look inside Dublin’s Freemason Headquarters

Donal Corkery and Orlagh Bailey

The doors of Dublin's Freemasons HQ will be among those open to the Dublin to celebrate Culture Night.

While the organisation has been in Ireland for 300 years,  with about 800 Irish lodges across the country, few have seen inside their halls.  Much of the myth surrounding the order spans from its secrecy.

But this Friday, The Freemasons open the doors to their ornate administrative headquarters on Dublin’s Molesworth Street.

Built in 1866, started in 1870, and was erected by the Duke of Leinster who was their grandmaster for 63 years. The building itself is a registered heritage site, and has one room filled with Egyptian architecture, and another boasting itself as a ‘mock-up of a Knight Templar Chapel’.

Morgan McCreedy, assistant to the Grand Secretary of the Grand lodge of Freemasons showed Independent.ie around the fascinating building.

This unique access is part of Dublin’s Culture Night.On Friday 19th September, venues in 36 regions, towns and cities across Ireland will open their doors to the publin in a celebration of the diversity of Irish culture.

There will be a mix of events, including live music and interactive tours in the more than 900 participating venues.

The free cultural event  will take place in museums, cathedrals, studios, observatories, libraries, parks, government buildings and theatres. For listings, go to www.culturenight.ie

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