Tynte Lodge 236

Warrant No. 236 was granted by the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 1909, on the petition of Colonel M.C.S. Tynte, John Ralph Dagg, and John Eager, who became the first Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, and Junior Warden, respectively.  Worshipful  Brother Tynte, from Tynte Park, near Dunlavin, was Colonel of the Munster Fusiliers, and a number of the founding members were military men, who affiliated from Lodges 116 Carlow, and 215 Newbridge, both, at that time, Lodges with strong army connections. Sadly both Colonel Tynte and his brother Audley (the first Senior Deacon) passed to the Grand Lodge Above within a few months, so the Brethren named the Lodge in their memory. The military Brethren resigned over the following number of years, probably due to their regiments being posted abroad and the task of carrying on fell on the shoulders of the local Brethren.


Their early premises in Church Lane possessed a Lodge room, which was possibly the smallest one in the Irish Constitution.  Doubtless, this is the reason that Lodge 236 has, on occasion, been affectionately referred to as "The little one by the Slaney". Of course, such a distinction was of scant comfort, as there is little merit in a situation where the Lodge room could only accommodate about half of the members at any stated communication. The Brethren of those days were certainly labouring under difficult circumstances. Great credit is due to the way they came faithfully month after month, and climbed the twisting stairs to the small supper room. It was their example of the true spirit of the Order that kept the "Lights of Freemasonry" burning in good times and in bad.


The finding of more worthy premises for the Lodge was an agonising task for the Brethren. Over many years, they suffered numerous disappointments as various proposals came to nought. In the end, this proved perhaps a blessing in disguise, for the property which they eventually acquired in Belan Street in the town of Baltinglass, is generally seen as being most suitable. The fact that it lends itself to a portion of the building being set aside for leasing to other parties, as an aid to repaying the generous assistance received from Grand Lodge, is a most useful added advantage.


Now, with a good and active membership, the Lodge is continuing to make excellent progress. Visiting Brethren are made especially welcome, and indeed, travel vast distances in order to avail of the warm hospitality which has always been a feature of Tynte Lodge No. 236 (Baltinglass).

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