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Councillor makes history by getting married in Dublin's Freemasons’ Hall

Wednesday, 15th November, 2017 8:00am
Councillor makes history by getting married in Dublin's Freemasons’ Hall

Francis Timmons and Darren Lamont are married in Freemasons’ Hall.

Councillor makes history by getting married in Dublin's Freemasons’ Hall

Francis Timmons and Darren Lamont are married in Freemasons’ Hall.

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A SOUTHSIDE councillor has made history by getting married in Dublin's Freemasons’ Hall.

Cllr Francis Timmons married his partner of nearly 19 years, Darren Lamont, in the historic hall on Halloween.

The councillor, who received a homophonic letter earlier this year, spoke of his delight at the special occasion.

“Myself and my partner of nearly 19 years got married on Halloween,” he said. “We made our own little bit of history as we had the first ever wedding in Dublin's Freemasons’ Hall.

“It was a privilege and an honour to share our vows in such a historic and beautiful building.”

Built between 1866 and 1869, Freemasons’ Hall on Dublin’s Molesworth Street has been the headquarters of Irish Freemasonry for almost 150 years.

Prior to its existence, the Grand Lodge of Ireland leased a number of premises around Dublin and eventually created Freemasons’ Hall to serve as a permanent home and monument to Irish Freemasonry.

Cllr Timmons added: “Earlier this year we got a vile homophobic letter in our post box but we have felt huge support since. 

“Up to and following our wedding we have been inundated with hundreds of kind and supportive messages on Facebook, emails and texts and have really felt supported.

 ‘’I grew up in a time when it was illegal to be gay in Ireland, where homophobic language and actions were common place and the fact that I am now a married gay man shows how far as a nation we have come.

“What an incredible long journey we have come and how incredible to have our love recognised as a couple at long last.”

Mr Lamont said there were a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions around Freemasonry in Ireland, and not least of these regards the membership.

“Freemasonry is open to any man regardless of race, religion, age, social background or sexual orientation,” he revealed. “As an openly gay man I must admit when I first joined the fraternity I wasn’t sure if I would be accepted, however, in my lodge I found acceptance on a level I hadn’t experienced before. 

 “My lodge brothers accept each other not for what they are but for who they are as men of honour.

 ‘’I contacted the Grand Lodge of Ireland to ask permission to have our wedding service held in the Grand Lodge room stating how wonderful it would be to have the two most important ceremonies in my life take place in the same building.

“I had thought permission might be refused but was overjoyed when I received confirmation.  

“As it was the first time a wedding ceremony had been performed in the hall we had to have the venue approved by the HSE but the hall plays host to a number of public events so there was no issue there. 

“We are proud to have been a part of making history. Not only was ours the first wedding to take place in this beautiful, iconic and unique building, but it was also a same-sex wedding, showing how open and accepting Irish freemasonry really is.”

 

Mark Kane, Francis Timmons, Darren Lamont and Thomas Lamont pictured at the ceremony.

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