The Worshipful Master and Officers of Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 352, Castleblaney are holding their annual tractor/vintage run on Saturday 2nd September 2017. In the past  this has been a very successful  event and raised  much needed money for  the chosen charities. This year the chosen charities are the Royal National  Lifeboat Institution and Castleblaney  first Responders. These  are two very worthwhile charities, especially now considering the recent tragic loss of Rescue 116 off the Mayo coast.  This is a fun event that brings together the tractor fraternity, old and new with vintage and veteran cars and motorcycles. Commences at 1pm at the cattle mart, Muckno Street, Castleblaney. There will be a free BBQ, a raffle and a commemorative plaque . There will be  a charge of 20 euro  per vehicle. Family and friends will be most welcome


Charity has always been the cornerstone of Freemasonry.  Goodwill to all and a desire to help those less fortunate are fundamental principles of the Masonic Fraternity therefore, charitable giving is a major part of membership of the Freemasons.

Members engage in acts of charity in a variety of ways, either through simple gestures such as gift giving, or through the raising of money for a variety of funds which help a wide variety of people.

As the main benefactors of charitable institutions established by the Fraternity such as the Various Widows Fund, or Teddies for Loving Care among others, and also by supporting many charities in wider society such as the Laura Lynn Foundation or the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, Freemasons of Ireland continue to put benevolence and kindness to others at the forefront of their membership.

Masonic Charities

Masonic Girls Benevolent Fund
Masonic Boys Belevolent Fund
Victoria Jubilee Masonic Belevolent Fund
Masonic Welfare Fund
Masonic Havens
Medical Research Fund
T.L.C. Appeal – Ireland


T.L.C. charity – The simple  aim of TLC was for Freemasons to provide teddy bears to hospital emergency departments (A&E) for the medical staff, to give, at their discretion, to children admitted and who are in severe distress and where the staff  in their work- feel that a teddy to cuddle would help alleviate the stress and assist them in their work- something for the staff to befriend the child with, for the child to cuddle, as a reward for being brave, and for staff to demonstrate procedures.  In other words to help the youngest in our community and  those who provide them with essential care.

The teddies also helps parents, guardians and siblings of the children by reliving the distress of the children. in addition, parents have related many stories of how this simple gesture has helped their children, themselves and the hospital staff.

The T.L.C. has raised the level of public awareness of the contribution made to the community by freemasons and this helps to raise the level of public awareness of the contribution made to the community by Freemasonry and provides continuous evidence of the principles of Freemasonry in practice.

Below under heading of Hospital toys is copy of correspondence received from a very grateful mother.


Subject: Hospital toys


I’m not sure if this is the correct email address or will reach the right person but I just wanted to express my gratitude for the lovely teddy my 2 year old daughter received when she was in Antrim A&E last week. She had a bad cut to her head and the nurses gave her the most lovely teddy which really cheered her up, she’s been playing with it ever since.

I saw your name on the tag and just wanted to email to let you know the best was very much appreciated. 

Thanks again

Victoria and little Martha






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