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Grand Lodge of Ireland / Donoughmore Lodge, New Delhi


New Delhi, July 27, 2012 : Dtf.in : Updated on Sep 27, 2012

As explained in an authoritative website on freemasonry, freemasonry is kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, earnest in work, pity and concern for the unfortunate, resistance towards evil, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love for one another and reverence and love for God.

Freemasonry is many things, but above all, Freemasonry is a way of life, not "apart" from society but a "part of society". In the year 2008 the third "Grand Master’s Festival of Charity" of the Grand Lodge of Ireland was held, during which they raised £600,000 for very worthy Non-Masonic Charities.  On this occasion the three charities were, The Samaritans, The Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and the Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice Foundation.

Membership of their Order is open to all men of integrity and goodwill, irrespective of colour or creed, on condition that they profess a belief in a Supreme Being. How they choose to worship Him is not of interest to them.   There is evidence that Freemasonry existed in Ireland 500 years ago. The Grand Lodge of Ireland, the governing body, was constituted in 1725 and celebrated its 275th Anniversary in the year 2000, the last year of the 20th century.

The Grand Lodge of Ireland are the second oldest Grand Lodge in the World. Freemasonry brings men of goodwill together to enjoy one another’s company and to continue the traditions dating back hundreds of years.  It fulfils as great a need to-day as it did then.

Their Lodges are located all over the island of Ireland and in many Countries overseas.  It is said that the sun never sets on Irish Freemasonry.

>>> Grand Lodge News – September, 2012 >>> Grand Lodge News – June, 2012 > An Initial Guide to Freemasonry in Ireland (As on the website of GLI)


The Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Ireland Declaration of Fundamental Principles of the Order are as follows:-

Freemasosns_Hall 1. The first condition of admission into, and membership of, the Order is a belief in the Supreme Being. This is essential and admits of no compromise.

2. The Bible, referred to by Freemasons as the Volume of the Sacred Law, is always open in the Lodges. Every candidate is required to take his Obligation on that Book or on the Volume which is held by his particular creed to impart sanctity to an oath or promise taken upon it.
3. Everyone who enters Freemasonry is at the outset strictly forbidden to countenance any act which may have a tendency to subvert peace and good order of society; he must pay due obedience to the law of any State in which he resides or which may afford him protection, and he must never be remiss in the allegiance due to the Sovereign / Head of State of his native land.
4. While Irish Freemasonry thus inculcates in each of its members the duties of loyalty and citizenship, it reserves to the individual the right to hold his own opinion with regard to public affairs. But neither in any Lodge, nor at any time in his capacity as a Freemason, is he permitted to discuss or to advance his views on theological or political questions.
5. The Grand Lodge has always consistently refused to express any opinion on questions of foreign or domestic state policy either at home or abroad, and it will not allow its name to be associated with any action, however humanitarian it may appear to be, which infringes its unalterable policy of standing aloof from every question affecting the relations between one government and another, or between political parties, or questions as to rival theories of government.
6. The Grand Lodge is aware that there do exist Bodies, styling themselves Freemasons, which do not adhere to these principles, and while that attitude exists, the Grand Lodge of Ireland refuses absolutely to have any relations with such Bodies or to regard them as Freemasons.
7. This Grand Lodge is a Sovereign and independent Body practising Freemasonry only within the three Degrees and only with the limits defined in its Constitution as "pure Ancient Masonry". It does not recognise or admit the existence of any superior Masonic authority, however styled.
8. There is no secret with regard to any of the basic principles of Freemasonry, some of which have been stated above. The Grand Lodge will always consider the recognition of those Grand Lodges which profess, and practice and can show that they have consistently professed and practised those established and unaltered principles, but in no circumstances will it enter into discussion with a view to any new or varied interpretation of them. They must be accepted and practised wholeheartedly and in their entirety by those who desire to be recognised as Freemasons by the Grand Lodge of Ireland.

Provincial Grand Lodge of Ireland in India


Lodge No.

Lodge Name





2nd Wed 6.30pm



Nowroze Wadia

2nd Tue 6.30pm (ex 5)




2nd Sat 7.00pm (ex 2 & 8)




3rd Fri 7.00pm (ex 6,7)



Harp of Erin

3rd Thur 6.30pm



St Patrick’s

3rd Thur 7.00pm




Last working day in 1,4,7,10



The Bombay

1st Fri 7.00pm

New Delhi



4th Thur 6.45pm (ex 5,6,7,12)



Hely Hutchinson

1st Fri 1,4,7,10. 1st Sat 2,3,5,6,8,9,11,12. 6.30pm

To make contact with any lodge write to:
Provincial Grand Secretary
95 Kala Niketan
Maharshi Karva RoaD
Mumbai 400 020

Events – Photographs

Provincial Grand Lodge of Ireland in India & Deputations - Annual Installation, Mumbai, 23.11.2011

District Grant Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland in India - Installation Meeting, Mumbai, 23.11.2011

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