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Ancient and Honourable Order of the Golden Dawn, Ireland

The Golden Dawn has had a long history in Ireland, including many original Irish members such as poet W.B. Yeats, Maud Gonne and George Pollexfen. This tradition continues in the temple operating in Dublin.

The order has gone by many names over the years. The current form is drawn from the original Neophyte Ceremony, where the Hierophant states:

"I have much pleasure in now instructing the Kerux to announce that you have been duly admitted a member of this Ancient and Honourable Order."

Further, the order was referred to in this form by William Wynn Westcott, one of the order's founders, in his 1893 lecture to the College of Adepti entitled Some Remarks upon the History of the Rosicrucian Order:

"The effect of observing and always using the aforementioned ancient modes of salutation and parting among the fratres and sorores is to directly maintain the psychic link which has ever served to bind the members of this ancient and honourable order one to the other—in this light it is something more than a mere form."