Freemason lodges to stay open despite ‘significant’ snow damage

Freemasons in Ireland have been told they can stay open as they seek to deal with the damage caused by snowfall.

The lodge in the city of Limerick, the largest in Ireland, will be open on Sunday, but members of the Royal Order of Malta will be unable to use it.

The Royal Order said that members of its order and their families have been warned that the building could be affected by the heavy snowfall that has hit the country this week.

“The Lodge in Limerick has been closed due to the severe and prolonged winter conditions that have resulted in the loss of its foundation and structural integrity,” a spokesperson for the lodge told the Irish Times.

“The lodge will be operating under the conditions in place to protect the health and safety of its members and staff.”

The Royal Order says it is working to rebuild the structure.