House of Prayer ‘mistreated OAP’

Sunday Times Tierney

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article6806629.ece

From The Sunday Times

August 23, 2009

House of Prayer ‘mistreated OAP’

Colin Coyle

Anthony Tierney, a former devotee of Christina Gallagher, the self-styled Marian visionary, is suing the House of Prayer in Achill, claiming he was denied medical care after falling from a ladder at the Co Mayo retreat last year.

The pensioner, who claims to have handed over “thousands of euros” to the organisation, alleges that he was locked in a room for a weekend following the accident. He claims he was denied access to a doctor because the organisation is “obsessed with secrecy” and fearful of negative publicity.

The House of Prayer has faced growing criticism from former followers, who claim they were “coerced” into donating large sums of money to Gallagher’s organisation.

Tierney, who moved to Ireland to live in the House of Prayer where he did “odd jobs”, has now returned to Peterborough in England. His solicitors lodged a personal injuries claim in the High Court last week and are in the process of serving papers on the House of Prayer.

The accident happened while Tierney was cleaning windows on April 4, 2008. He was one of a number of people living at the retreat who carried out routine maintenance and cleaning in exchange for lodgings and an allowance. Tierney injured his knee when a ladder he was using to clean the top windows slipped. Despite requesting medical attention, he says he wasn’t brought to see a doctor until the afternoon of April 7. He later had surgery at Castlebar General Hospital.

Tierney says he was “kept in a room for three days in total agony” and “treated like a dog”. He claims he is owed €8,000 for his work at the prayer centre.

During his recuperation, Gallagher telephoned to ask him to return to England. Tierney believes that Gallagher “wanted him out” because she was afraid of negative publicity. The House of Prayer refused to comment this weekend.

8 Responses

  1. Any recent news on this Phantom’s lost leg?

    Maybe he went to Lourdes and he is now skipping around like a young Achill ram????

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  2. Sadly pal…you have backed a loser in Mr Anthony Tierney.

    The guy is / was unbalanced. And in these hard times one has no sympathy for the guy faking an injury claim..
    His own actions will stuff him at any court of claim. But ANY employee…even idiot employees are give 90% + protection..som he will get a few english shillings for his perjury…and only the feeble-minded will support him…DC

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  3. Dear mr Garde…

    I’m not Mike. Didn’t I tell you that before?

    it is elementary which thread I use to rebuff the Sunday Worlds lying trash,

    This article was not written by the Sunday World. It was written by the Irish Times.

    and your pathetic attempts to demean the content of my notes

    Maybe it is just me, but I do not regard maligning people and ignoring relevant factual information constitutes ‘content’. Nor do I think trying to blame the Sunday World for articles not written by them constitutes ‘content’.

    which was clearly explained and understood by all the 120 + people who attended such meeting outside Mullingar.

    Which was, as proven by the cheques and the land registry records, used to purchase a luxurious mansion in John Rooney’s name. Was this clearly explain to those 120+ people? Because, in my experience, those within the HoP who have comment on this seemed to be confused about this.

    The Morrisseys choose to lie and to reclaim their money….

    Did the cheques and land registry records also lie too?

    which I might add was fully donated as a gift without strings and conditions, and as such did NOT need to be refunded…( our barristers advice).

    So let me get this straight. The HoP fundraise and use the proceeds to purchase a luxury mansion. And, according to your barrister, this false representation to solicit funds did not make you liable to court proceedings? I don’t know why but that thought makes me slightly mournful that you won’t be going to the courts with the Morrissey’s. Also makes me wonder why the gag order was needed.

    ….she had Never recieved nor benefitted from that project.

    Kind of hard to make this claim when there is photographs of Christina coming and going to her mansions, driving in her Mercedes, etc.

    AND the Morrisseys refused to meet and talk with the representatives to whom they had given the donation

    I don’t really blame them. Your conduct on these threads towards those who disagree with the HoP have shown a taste of what they may have encountered.

    They became , like McCrory, objects to milk and discard by Jim Gallaghers need for sensational and trashy headlines

    Such a shame for you that their cheques, made out to John Rooney, and the land registry records back up their story.

    Yes I WILL keep on repeating trash, lies and distortion until the truth is acknowledged.

    I believe the term for this comment is a ‘Freudian slip’.

    There is something quite surreal about your general obsession with Jim and the Sunday World. You do realise, as I seem to have to keep repeating, that the stories told by HoP victims, the cheque stubs and the land registry records do not rely on the Sunday World? You do realise that many articles have been written about the HoP that were not done by the Sunday World (such as this blog post)?

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  4. Dear mr Garde…it is elementary which thread I use to rebuff the Sunday Worlds lying trash, and your pathetic attempts to demean the content of my notes will not gain you any credibility.
    The vindictive little band coerced by M McCrory to bring their gripes into the media have virtually evaporated. Their stories were a brief flare and a quick burn-out. The only cheque copies ever shown were the sad story of Betty and Michael Morrissey from Waterford….who being of sound mind and health..they said, donated to a project which was clearly explained and understood by all the 120 + people who attended such meeting outside Mullingar.

    So 119 + people have stated the true version of what transpired. The Morrisseys choose to lie and to reclaim their money…..which I might add was fully donated as a gift without strings and conditions, and as such did NOT need to be refunded…( our barristers advice).
    However, on humanitarian grounds…and even on the slightest whim of humanitarian grounds, the donation was freely and immediately returned. NOT by Christina Gallagher….she had Never recieved nor benefitted from that project. AND the Morrisseys refused to meet and talk with the representatives to whom they had given the donation. Sadly they allowed themselves to support a warped and twisted version of lies served up by The Sunday World. They became , like McCrory, objects to milk and discard by Jim Gallaghers need for sensational and trashy headlines, The truth wouldnt have made for what the Sunday Worlds readers crave….a mixture of lurid headlines, sex, porn and degradation….
    Yes I WILL keep on repeating trash, lies and distortion until the truth is acknowledged.

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  5. But you persist in your support of Jim Gallaghers lying vindictive trash.

    Let me see if I can make this as crystal clear as possible:

    1) The article you have posted on was not written by Jim Gallagher.

    2) The article you are posting on was not published in any newspaper associated with Jim Gallagher.

    3) The article you are posting on did not involve Jim Gallagher in any way, shape or form.

    Is that clear enough? Since the ‘Jim Gallagher is an agent of the devil’ defence has fallen through, does that mean that Colin Coyle, the author of this piece, and The Sunday Times, the publishers of the piece, are also agents of the devil?

    …you would have by now acknowledged that Anthony Tierney was/is/a rather disturbed and unpleasant person.

    How is that whole ‘love thy neighbour’ thing working out for you? Do you spend as much time in your everyday life character assassinating people you disagree with as you do posting on here?

    Yes, such is the distortion and crap that Gallagher exudes….

    Let me see now. People have come forward and told their story. Jim reported that. Some of those people produced cheque copies to show the quantities of cash involved. Jim reported that. Some of those people told of Christina’s lavish lifestyle. Jim dug up the land registry records and reported them.

    Do you suppose that, if you brand all of this ‘rubbish’ enough times, that those people and the cheque stubs and the land registry records will suddenly disappear? Since it seems this plan A hasn’t worked, what is your plan B?

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  6. If there was the slightest element of fairness and balance in your constant attacks , without any proof ever substantiated, against The House of Prayer, you would have by now acknowledged that Anthony Tierney was/is/a rather disturbed and unpleasant person.
    He was NOT kept as a prisoner for 3 days.
    He was NOT denied mediacl attention…he REFUSED to be brought to a doctor after the accident where he alleges he fell from a step ladder. Actually a staff member had to call the local Gardai to prevent him from driving off in his vehicle.

    All this has been fully reviewed by the Achill Sound Gardai and no wrongdoing whatsoever has been found against The House of Prayer staff or management.

    But you persist in your support of Jim Gallaghers lying vindictive trash.

    Perhaps you would get more willingness from MANY people to have a real debate about all the affairs of this work if it was evident that there would be open honest and truthful reporting.

    A friend of mine from Belfast once joked that if a lion escaped from Belfast Zoo and was prevented from eating a child in a pushchair by a man tackling the animal bare-handed, Jim Gallaghers headline would be…” Thug maltreats defenceless animal”
    Yes, such is the distortion and crap that Gallagher exudes….so it was no surprise that he couldnt even dream up an original title for his book of shameful lies against Christina Gallagher.

    The title he used was already used at least 12 times over the past years…..just check it out…so the title was about as original as the shit within…a cheap, shoody unimaginative piece of rubbish

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  7. Please read the story again. This can’t be got rid of by flippant abusive comments. sober up. This man was a victim of terrible treatment.
    Most people would not come back with more nonsense, in fact they would treat an animal better.
    Read psalm 73 which we have posted below. In Christian terms repentance is necessary. Give up the deluded visions and find the
    public witness of the church. Christ is risen but Christina is playing at the edge of darkness, deluded by the Angel of death.

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  8. Why don’t you contact any of the Houses of Prayer and ask if any volunteer or anyone else for that matter is ever locked in their rooms or refused medical attention either now or in the past. Furthermore, since when do volunteers get paid? Wouldn’t that mean they are a paid employee and not a volunteer? I look forward to hearing the outcome of this trial and hope you will post the outcome like you did the article clearing the HOP from any charges by the Gardai and the DPP.

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