Irish Freemasons Grand Master
Here follows the text of the Irish Freemasons Grand Master's address on the progress of Irish Freemasons
in 2003. We quote a major excerpt from the Grand Masterís Report 2003 made on 6th
December 2003. We believe it will show how Irish Freemasons was Exposed by RTE.
"RTE TV today filmed the opening of Grand Lodge for a 30 minute documentary on Irish
Freemasonry which they are currently producing for the series Would you believe which will
be broadcast early in the New Year, this will be our biggest PR project to-date. In future
we do not expect to achieve the same degree of media exposure, but we will continue to focus
in a structured way on selected special events. I acknowledge the professional PR support
which we have received from Bro. Vere Wynne-Jones in Dublin and W. Bro. Trevor Hanna in
Belfast who made this possible.
We must continue to make the public aware of what we are and what we stand for and to reassure
the public that they have no reason to fear Freemasonry. In fact the opposite applies,
Freemasonry is a major force for good in society. It would help greatly if more of our
Brethren felt comfortable talking about Freemasonry in their everyday lives, hopefully
they will as the public perception of our Order improves.
Communication within the Order has always been a problem but has improved considerably
with the development of the Grand Lodge News, the latest issue has eight pages printed
in colour and circulation has been increased. In future we hope to include quality articles
which will give Brethren a better personal understanding of Freemasonry. Our website
www.irish-freemasons.org continues to attract a lot of interest from our Brethren and members
of the public. We are grateful to the dedicated Brethren who work hard on these projects.
News reaching me suggests that our Brethren are optimistic and look to the future with
greater confidence, this is most encouraging. Membership appears to be stabilising and
reports from many areas indicate numbers are increasing but we have no reason for complacency
in this regard. I suggest for 2004 every Lodge should focus on the retrieval of lapsed
or demitted Brethren, they are still Freemasons and retrieval is much easier than recruitment.
Almoners have a duty to maintain contact with lapsed Brethren to encourage them to return
to the Lodge. This problem requires urgent attention."
This effort by the Irish Freemasons to sell itself on RTE TV obviously back-fired. It
exposed Freemasonry for what it is - a dangerous underground secret fraternity. Clearly RTE
did the people of Ireland a great service with this informative programme.
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