Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Age: All Ages
Booking Required: No
Historical tours of Freemasons’ Hall, Youghal, together with its adjacent museum rooms, will take place, commencing at 6.15pm, with further tours at 7.15 and 8.15pm. Stewards will be available in all rooms to answer questions and to interpret exhibits. The two-manual and pedal Rushworth and Dreaper ‘Apollo’ reed organ (dating to 1924) will be played at intervals throughout the evening with music provided suitable to the eighteenth and nineteenth-century furnishings and surroundings.
The Freemasons have been present in the historic port town of Youghal since 1695 and the present lodge is the fourth in direct succession, being established in 1835. The meeting room was originally built as a theatre room c.1780 and, following a few decades of use for the performance of plays, served as a warehouse until the Freemasons’ commenced meeting there during 1863. The premises comprises of the original theatre (now the first floor meeting room), together with a committee room, ante-room and museum, which also doubles as a supper room with ancillary facilities. Youghal Freemasons meet monthly from September to June and, in addition to preserving ancient historical traditions, fundraise for local charities, particularly Youghal RNLI and Youghal Community Hospital and Hospice. Further information on our work, history and context, will be available on the night.