Skibbereen’s masonic lodge was founded in 1817 and celebrated a 200-year milestone in 2017. Come and see its historic lodge room which is unique in Irish Freemasonry. The lodge met originally in various taverns and hotels before deciding to seek a permanent home. The lodge met for the first time in the building in March 1870.
On entering the lodge room, one is immediately struck by a series of wall and ceiling frescoes and an illuminated stained-glass ceiling centre piece all in masonic themes. The walls are adorned with oil portraits of Dr David Hadden MD and James Hutchinson Swanton by James Brennan RHA both of whom were prominent in famine relief in Skibbereen and district during the National tragedy of An Gorta Mór. In the ante-room there are many items of masonic memorabilia including a wall-mounted roll of masters of the lodge since 1818. Tours running across the evening, please book to confirm your slot.
An online tour is available to access here – check it out to give you a glimpse of what is on offer on Culture Night!
Time: 4pm - 11pm
Genres: Architecture / History / Tour
Address: The Masonic Hall, Mardyke Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
No Booking Required