I was walking into town recently and when I passed Bewley's hotel in Ballsbridge I noticed the 6 pointed star window. I assumed that there must have been a Jewish connection and made a note to look it up. An online search showed that the building was actually The Masonic Female Orphan School of Ireland which was open from 1792 to 1970. The Bewley's website has a link to further information on Masonic history. The website has some very interesting information and nice photographs of the building. However the symbolic meaning of the star, and its association with Freemaonry puzzled me. A wider search of the web showed that the star (or hexagram), as well as being used by Abrahamic religions, also represents many things from being in a perfect meditative state in the Hindu culture to a brewers symbol in southern Germany. In Freemasonry the hexagram represents the square and compass.