THE PROTESTANT AND ORANGE HALL AT UPPER RATHMINES ROAD
This has been used as a Gospel Hall since 1965 and even though many of my family live in the area I never noticed the building until I photographed it in January 2022.
It took a lot of research but it would appear that the building was known locally as the “Protestant Hall” but it was opened in November 1890 as the ‘Orange and Protestant Hall’ or the Rathmines Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1505. The Grand Master was George Lyster.
Throughout the nineteenth century Dublin City and and County hosted a number of Lodges. These Lodges were to be found in areas such a Rathmines, South Circular Road, North Strand and Kingstown, (Dun Laoghaire). Following the First World War the Orange Order in Dublin began its decline mainly due to losses in the Great War, emigration and national politics.
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