21 of us went on our annual trip to The Grand Lodge of Ireland headquarters in Molesworth street in Dublin. A good day was had by all. We conferred two 1st degrees and two second degrees one of which was from Belfast Lodge 651. We had guests with us from Lodge 731 and Belfast lodge 651, the team work was excellent with everyone sharing offices and parts of the degree. There was the usual tour of the building given by the always excellent Kieth followed by lunch and a few pints in Buswells.
We had a great day out at the Ulster Aviation Society in September – lucky the roof doesn’t leak as the rain was very heavy
12 of the Brethren met for a chat and a beer in the pool room on the top floor of Robinson’s bar Belfast on the 16th August. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable social evening that gave the Brethren a chance to socialise and catch up on things that have happened over the summer break. A few of our prospective new members also attended and had a chance to meet the other Brethren prior to our first festive board in September. The facilities in Robinson’s are excellent in the pool room, and a good night was had by all
Temple Lodge 51 based in Arthur Square Belfast met with it’s name-twin Temple Lodge 138, based in Londonderry. Good times were had, with great hospitality from hosts at 138.
Our installation of officers occurred with much celebration and good times. We were honored to have the Deputy Grand Master of Ireland, R.W.Bro Rodney McCurdy and Assistant PGM W.Bro Jack Dunlop. We also have two very distinguished and welcomed guests from Wisconsin, USA
Charles Olsen..Most Excellent Grand High priest of the Grand Chapter of Wisconson
Michael Fairbanks Right Excellent Grand Treasurer of the Grand Chapter of Wisconson.
Your company was highly enjoyed and we invite you to come again next year!
On October 15 2016, Temple 51 Masonic Lodge, joined with members from Newtownards and as far as Scotland, visited the Grand Lodge of Ireland in Dublin – Molesworth Street.
A tour was given around the magnificent hall courtesy of Br. Keith. Two 2nd Degrees (Sebastian and Alexander) were conferred, aswell as one 3rd Degree, under the excellent instruction of W.Br. W.Moore, W.Br. Harvey and W.Br. Jacobs.
A good time was had all around.
Give it a Shot, Clay Pigeon Night, took place on Tuesday 4th Oct 16 at the Thatch Clay Target Club Broughshane. The event was to raise funds for the TLC Appeal (Teddy’s for Loving Care) – and was open to both Masons and family. It was an enjoyable night with the positive that no Mason was hurt – they were excellent shots. We highly recommend paying a visit to the Thatch Clay Target Club and we thank them for their hospitality. Here’s some snaps:
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 recently, the Freemasons open the doors to their ornate administrative headquarters on Dublin’s Molesworth Street.
Presented by Morgan McCreedy
Shot by Donal Corkery
Edited by Orlagh Bailey
On Friday 10th June 2016 The members of Temple 51 visited the Provincial Grand lodge Hall in Rosemary Street (PGLH) to confer a first degree on their newest member in the Provincial Grand lodge room. The meeting was hosted by Edenderry lodge 544 to whom we would like to express our thanks for allowing us to confer a first degree. The night went extremely well and was very impressive for the new candidate. We have been told this is the first first degree held in the main Provincial Grand lodge room. We also visited the Provincial Grand lodge museum which is in the basement of the (PGLH). The tour was conducted by WB Robert Bashford and was extremely interesting, he informed us that the museum was actually started by a member of Temple 51 namely VW Brother Samuel Leighton. After the meeting we retired to the Crumlin road hall where lodge 544 very generously laid on a festive board which was enjoyed by all.
W. Bro John Harold Mc Collum (front centre) joined Temple Masonic Lodge No. 51 on the 4th march 1959 becoming a master mason in November of the same year. A regular attender at his lodge he first became Worshipful master in 1971 and then again sixteen years later in 1987, before taking on the roll of Chaplain in 1995.
In 2000, to commemorate the turn of the century, the lodge members saw fit to honour him again by making him Worshipful Master for the third time. He is the only member in the history of the lodge to have done so.
In recent months W. Bro Mc Collum has suffered from ill health and the members of the lodge wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him again in the near future.