Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternities with some 35,000 members in Ireland and around 4 million members collectively in every country across the world.


It is a society concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught these precepts by a series of ancient forms, using the customs and tools of the stonemason as allegorical guides.


The organisation has been concerned from its earliest days with performing local, national and international charitable work - the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today, and in recent times substantial sums of both volunteer time and money have been donated to both Masonic and non-Masonic charities of various sizes and interests.


Every Freemason is expected to adhere to the three great principles, as detailed below. 


Brotherly Love
Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.  
Freemasons are taught to practice charity, and to care, not only for their own members, but for the community as a whole, by both charitable giving, and by voluntary effort.
Freemasonry strives for truth and requires very high moral standards of all its members in both their public and private lives.




Freemasonry and Society


Freemasonry demands that its members abide by the laws of the country in which they work and live. Its principles do not in any way conflict with members' duties as citizens, but should rather encourage and support members in fulfilling their public and private responsibilities.


The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his business, professional, or personal interests is forbidden. A Mason's duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation to other Freemasons, and any attempt to shield a Freemason who has acted dishonourably or unlawfully is strictly forbidden. 


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