Old Newry Society ‘makes history’

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Friday, January 25th, 2013
On Tuesday 15th of January the Old Newry Society made some history when it held its annual dinner in the Masonic Hall on the Downshire Road, Newry. Mr. Kenny Hassan, in recognizing the significance of the evening, hoped it would not be the last and warmly welcomed the society. Mr. David Hanna gave a short, informative talk on how the various local lodges have contributed to the built environment, the development of political thought and the arts. He specifically mentioned the architectural legacy of the William Barre and William Watson who designed the Masonic Hall. David explained how, since the 18th Century, the Masonic ideals of fraternity and equality have informed the development of social democracy; how Rabbie Burns, Mozart and Shakespeare are only three examples of masons who have contributed so much to our culture. To prove the point Mr. Gerry Doherty, Miss Fiona Flynn, Mr. Fergal White and Donal O’Hanlon embroidered the work of all three into a ‘magical’ after dinner entertainment. Mr. Anthony Russell thanked the members of the Masonic Lodges for their hospitality and Miss Cathy Brooks presented Mr. Kenny Hassan with a commemorative plaque to mark the historical significance of the evening.
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