Welcome to the Website of the Grand Masonic Orient of Ireland
The GMOIRL is an organization, which is motivated by two great principles:
The respect for a tradition inherited from the founders of freemasonry and the fathers of the Age of Enlightenment
and the search for progress, for light and for self-improvement.
Our great fraternity originated in the Middle Ages, when stonemasons and other craftsmen travelled throughout Europe from one construction site to the next, they began to form guilds and gathered together in shelter houses (lodges). The knowledge and skills of the trade had to be passed from one operative mason to another, from the experienced to the inexperienced, with masters introducing new workers as apprentices and teaching their fellows to become masters of the craft. The square and compasses, the tools of the trade, became the symbol of the brotherhood, identifying their skills as bona fide masons. They were concerned for each other and were charitable to those in need. They took care of the elderly - their widows, orphans and destitute brethren.
We believe it is time to revisit our past and learn from it; to remember from whence we came, and apply those same principles to our works of today and our goals for tomorrow. We each have been given abilities that we can use to strengthen our fraternal bonds individually, and Irish Freemasonry in its entirety.
Becoming a Mason is a privilege, which comes with responsibilities - to conduct our lives in a moral and compassionate way and to treat one another with brotherly love and affection.
We, the liberal and adogmatic system of Freemasonry, are the future of Freemasonry in Ireland, and the strength of the fraternity rests with each and every one of us.
Above: Signing of treaty of amity between GOdF and GMOIRL in Paris