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An Overview of the History of Irish Secret Societies: their Origins & Affiliations from the 16th Century Onwards

The key date for so much of the revolutions and bloody wars in Ireland can be traced back to the Protestant Reformation in 1517, and more importantly the Vatican's counter-reformation that started in 1543 through the Council of Trent.

The following is a summary of Irish secret societies, their affiliations and objectives from the 16th century:

The Defenders - Founded in 1562 by Roger Moore on behalf of Jesuit priests with the intention of using Ireland "as a pawn in the game of world politics". This society also served to protect fugitive priests on the run for their subversive activities across Europe as well as within Ireland.

While we were sold the history that the Battle of the Boyne was purely Catholicism vs Protestantism, or reformation vs counter-reformation, this story doesn't make sense when you examine the deeper beliefs of the Catholic House of Stuart who ruled the British throne and the belief system of King William of Orange. Both King James II from the Catholic Royal House of Stuart, and King William III from the Protestant House of Orange were both initiates of the Order of the Temple, i.e. the Knights Templar. I will only briefly mention here that the Templars are and always have been Satanists. 

The most significant outcome of the Battle of the Boyne was the merger of the British and Dutch East India Companies. The membership, but especially the leadership of the East India Company today has morphed into a global empire hiding behind fronts like HSBC bank. HSBC of course is laundering the proceeds of a drug running empire above the rule of law. The aristocracy of Europe all have a family member who belongs to the apex of this system known as the Committee of 300. They all belong to the Order of St John of Jerusalem, a Vatican aristocratic Knighthood. For more in depth analysis on this story see The Committee of 300 page.

The loss of the Battle of the Boyne followed by later defeats of Irish revolutionaries in the 18th century led many Irish revolutionaries to join Spanish and French military adventures connected to counter-reformation agendas. These conflicts subsumed Irish revolutionary forces in a wider European agenda intimately connected to counter-reformation agendas controlled by the Papacy and implemented by the Jesuit Order.

Following numerous Acts in the 16th and 17th centuries which became known as the Penal Laws, Irish nationalism became intimately intertwined with Roman Catholicism. So much in fact that the Catholic Church became a State within the Irish State.

An invasion of Carrickfergus in 1760 by French warships saw the emergence of Volunteer movements spring up across Ulster but primarily around the Belfast area. They organised quickly as a result of the Militia Act of 1715 which had trained and armed protestant settlers due to the inevitable backlash from native Irish Catholics who had been evicted from their lands during the Ulster Plantation. Unlike the movement that grew out of the Militia Act of 1715 this movement claimed independence from government and Royal influence. This movement was inspired by the French and American revolutions at the time and split the loyalty of the Protestant settlers between the ideals of Republican forms of government and loyalty to the Crown on the other side. This led to the rise of the first Volunteer movement in Belfast in June 1778 that was in part a "masonic initiative".


An older movement called The Belfast Society had formed the nucleus of the United Irishmen movement in Belfast and laid the groundwork for it. Two of its most noteable leaders were a Reverend Fitzpatrick who shared descendancy with ‘the Empress Eugenie of France, the bride of Louis Napoleon’. The other was Dr Victor Ferguson, who is a direct ancestor of Sarah Ferguson, the former Duchess of York. Also in Belfast there was the Green Company and the Blue Company coming under the broader United Irishmen movement. The Green Company was led by a man named John Brown, the Worshipful Master of the Orange Lodge who was said to be the wealthiest man in Belfast at the time. In Dublin the movement came under the leadership of James Caulfied, the 1st Earl of Charlemont. Caulfield was an initiate of the Mystery Schools and all one has to do to see it is visit Marino Casino in Dublin to see the Egyptian style playground he built for his aristocratic friends. Caulfield was also very close with Pope Benedict XIV. 

By 1784-85 William Drennan, one of the founder of the United Irishmen was to outline the Volunteer hierarchy’s strategy of ‘a secret inner circle of dedicated radical reformers, within the Volunteer movement and directing its politics, six years before the United Irish Society was formed’. This strategy was to follow the same template of the subversive Illuminist / Masonic networks fomenting revolution across multiple nations in Europe. The Dublin branch of the United Irishmen arose largely out of a Catholic Committee made up of ‘Catholic aristocracy and clergy’ that had formed in 1760.

In 1791, the Society of United Irishmen was formed with the coming together of all the volunteer movements across Ireland. The two men who would go down in history as the figures who launched the United Irishmen movement in 1791 were Theobald Wolfe Tone and Napper Tandy, ‘both of whom were high in rank in the Masonic Lodges’. On May 21st 1791, William Drennan had outlined his plan for a quasi masonic secret society within the Volunteers. In the North the Volunteers were organised through the Masonic Lodges while in Dublin the movement held its meetings in the Grand Lodge of Freemasons, which two centuries earlier had been a Jesuit Church. The movement would later absorb the older Jesuit founded secret society called The Defenders. 


By 1800 Ireland was under the Act of Union which combined the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland. A leader within the United Irishmen's Catholic Committee in Dublin would go on to spearhead Catholic Ireland's emancipation after the dissolution of the group. This man was of course another freemason called Daniel O' Connell. Following the banishment of the United Irishmen multiple other groups soon organised post 1805. They were likely all one and the same group but went under different names such as:  

  • The Ribbon Society

  • The Threshers

  • The Carders

  • The Molly Maguire's

  • Rockites

  • Caravats

  • Shanavests

  • Paudeen Gars men etc.

Spooked by the rise of Irish revolutionary nationalism in Northern Ireland, the masonic Protestant contingent went on to form the Orange Order in 1795. The Orange Order itself was from its inception a freemasonic enterprise. What stands out like a neon light in the darkness is the fact that the Catholic Stuart family through King James I formed the basis of the masonic movement in England. In the Mystery Schools page you will learn that at the highest levels all these masonic groups are all one and the same. They are the adepts and we are the cattle. 

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To the left is a late 19th century pamphlet from the Orange Order that was given to me by a friend who discovered it while working in Lifford Museum in Co. Donegal.

The pamphlet is steeped in the mystery religion of Babylon and ancient Egypt. Starting from the top we see the sun, the moon and the stars.

The sun = Osiris (i.e. Lucifer/Satan) and represents their doctrine.

The moon = Isis (the Church of the Mysteries)

The stars = Horus (the body of adepts or initiates. The "thousand points of light".)

Further down we see the smouldering cross representing their intent on destroying Christianity. In the middle on the same level we see the star of Saturn (i.e. Satan, not David!)

Closer to the bottom of the image we see a coffin and the skull and bones representing the brotherhood's intent in bringing chaos and death. 

Then on the bottom of the two pillars we see the square and compass on the left representing the builders and their master plan of following the "Great architect of the universe" (i.e. Satan). On the bottom of the pillar on the right we see the pentagram, an occult symbol used in black magic and the dark arts of demonology. It is also the symbol adopted by the socialist international. The leaders of the socialist governments worldwide have always belonged to the brotherhood. That we will cover further in the page on The Mystery Schools.

By 1825 the Ribbon Society was also coming under the name of St Patricks Fraternal Organisation or St Patricks Boys. In the 1830s the Ribbon Society disappeared and the revolutionary movement would come under the umbrella of the Molly Maguires. This movement was bigger in the United States than in Ireland and was "a secret militant arm of the Ancient Order of Hibernians" who had more than six thousand lodges throughout the US. The highest levels within the Ancient Order of Hibernians was an oath bound inner degree "confined to officials" who received their instructions from the "revolutionary board of Erin leadership in Ireland".

The next wave of revolutionaries in Ireland came under the umbrella of the Young Ireland movement founded in March 1843. The movement was led by William Smith O' Brien and John Mitchell, "an advanced radical, deeply intinged with Jacobin (i.e. illuminist) ideals. Smith O' Brien's brother held the title of Lord Inchiquin, a title of nobility given to male heirs who can trace their bloodline to the last High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, who lost his life in the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. From its inception the Young Ireland movement was part of a wider European revolutionary movement orchestrated out of Switzerland and Italy, and overseen by conspirator extrordinaire Giuseppe Mazzini, the founder of Young Italy and the Young Europe movement as a whole. The Young Europe movement of radical revolutionaries was organised out of Europe's masonic lodges with Switzerland in particular being their base of operations. While Mazzini was the brains behind the operation and chosen to lead the movement, it would eventually fall under the control of the Socialist International led by front man Karl Marx. The Young Europe network was established as follows:

  • Young Italy founded by Mazzini, 1831

  • Young Europe founded by Mazzini, 1834

  • Young England founded by Benjamin Disraeli, 1834

  • Young Poland founded by Simon Konarski, 1834

  • Young Switzerland founded by Melegari (Emery), 1835

  • Young Ireland founded by Smith O' Brien 1843

  • Young Germany founded by Hecker & Struve, 1848

Young Ireland was quickly but silently banned by the Catholic Church. The reasoning behind silently banning the group was due to the level of support they enjoyed among the downtrodden Irish Catholics. The Church hierarchy were fully aware of the dangers of the Young Europe movement as they were practically at war with them in Italy. By 1850, the Young Europe movement had rebranded and were politically active under the guise of the Tenant Defence Society, or Tenants Rights League/Association, with a number of other spin-off groups. What many unsuspecting nationalist revolutionaries were completely unaware of was the fact that the leadership of the Young Europe network were never concerned about a nationalist revolution, but were intent on orchestrating a socialist revolution. Under the new utopian regime all rents that were paid to Europe's aristocratic governance structure would instead be paid to the leadership of Young Europe revolutionaries. Communism was their ultimate goal!

The most important secret society in Irish history was the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB). This organisation also grew out of the Young Ireland/Europe network of revolutionaries with their leader James Stephens, and senior members Colonel John O' Mahoney and barrister Michael Doheney all having fled Ireland to France for their role in the Young Ireland led uprising of 1848. The IRB was initiated on St Patricks Day 1858 by James Stephens and Thomas Clark Luby. This date can also be recognised as the founding date for the Irish Republican Army (IRA). 

Associated groups affiliated with the IRB:

  • Clan na Gael - a sister organisation to the IRB founded in America from earlier Republican movements

  • National Land League - founded by Charles Stewart Parnell in 1879

  • Knights of Colombus - a Catholic masonic initiatory organisation

  • Socialist Republican Party - founded by James Connolly in 1896

  • Sinn Fein - founded by Arthur Griffith in 1905

Many people in modern Ireland are baffled by the fact that Sinn Fein has absolutely bowed down to the forces of globalism and is no longer interested in Irish nationalism unless its under the control of the EU, wrapped in the LGBT rainbow flag, and if possible fronted by a female who is militantly feminist. You have learned the real reason why in this brief introduction to secret societies and Irish revolutionary movements. The average man or woman who joined the IRA never knew that the leadership was always about the social revolution, and the nationalist cause was always a secondary concern. The EU is imposing totalitarian socialism across Europe and Sinn Fein is fully on board with the agenda. Click here to see their playbook. It has been about the overthrow of the Judeo-Christian order from its inception. That has always been the goal of the Young Europe revolutionary networks despite hiding behind nationalist fronts.

Naturally, there is a lot more detail in this story that I haven't covered here. This is a big picture overview. To learn about the doctrine and beliefs of the freemasons and how they worship Lucifer/Satan at the highest levels see the Mystery Schools page. Below is a selection of images that prove a handful of Irish revolutionary leaders belonged to the freemasons.

The Mystery Religion of Babylon and Egypt in plain sight in Dublin

Mystery Schools Symbolism in Dublin


The obelisk is consecrated to the sun, and on its top it usually has a flame or a pyramid. The flame of course represents intellect, or gnosis. Who gave the gift of intellect to mankind according to the ancient mysteries? Prometheus! What's another name for Prometheus? Lucifer/Satan! 

Image 106 Obelisk outside Dail Eireann.j

The Hidden Role of the Papacy in Irish Affairs

“It is now six hundred years since a cruel coward and odious fugitive, a tyrant, an adulterer, entered into a conspiracy, or as it was called, a coalition, with a King and a pope for the conquest of his native country”.[1]

William Drennan - One of the founding fathers of the United Irishmen movement.

In the early 17th century Spain’s King Phillip III claimed that ‘Ireland belongs to the Apostolic See from ancient times’.[2]

In the early-mid twelfth century Murtagh O’Brien, the King of Limerick, endowed the Catholic monasteries with ‘lands equal to those of an English earldom’. In An Irish History of Civilisation we learn that the hierarchy of the Roman priesthood in Ireland were ‘given the title of Earls of the Holy Cross and later they sit in the Irish parliament as barons of the realm’.[3]


It was Nicholas Breakspear, known to history as Pope Adrian IV, who handed Ireland over to the control of the British monarchs through the Papal Bull Laudabiliter in 1155.[4]


It was Dermot MacMurrough (Diarmait Mac Murchada), the King of Leinster, who encouraged the Norman invasion of Ireland and the forces of Strongbow. The Knights Hospitaller were very much a part of the invading Norman force, and founded the Irish branch of the Knights very soon after the invasion.[5]

The Knights Hospitallers are a branch of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, an ancient Vatican Knighthood. They rule the world still to this day and their control of Ireland and Europe is absolute. You can find names like Eamon De Valera, Bertie Ahern, John Bruton etc., as initiated members into the Order, specifically the latter two are knighted into the Military Constantian Order of St George. De Valera descends from a Spanish royal house in Aragon who were Knights of Malta.

[1] A.T.Q. Stewart, ‘A Deeper Silence, The Hidden Origins of the United Irishmen’ p.193

[2] Liam Swords, 'The Flight of the Earls - A Popular History', Columba Press (2007), p.81

[3] Don Akenson, ‘An Irish History of Civilisation – Volume One’, Granta Books (2005) p.123-4

[4] Ernest F. Henderson, ‘Select Historical Documents of the Middle Ages’, George Bell & Sons, London (1903) P.10 which translates from Latin “The Bull of Pope Adrian IV. Empowering Henry II to Conquer Ireland A.D. 1155” taken from George Lord Lyttelton, ‘The History of the Life of King Henry the Second and of the Age in Which He Lived’, J. Dodsley, London (1772) p.370-71

[5] The Munster Express, ‘The Irish Crusade’, 12/12/2008

Essential Reading List on the Secret History of Ireland

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An Irish History of Civilisation.jpg
The Dublin Occult Grid.jpg
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Application of Barruel's Memoirs of Jaco
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The Secret Societies of Ireland.jpg
The Secret Societies of All Ages and Cou
Ireland Land of the Pharaohs.jpg
Select Historical Documents of the Middl
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