Church of the Damned

Sunday World, 27th October 2013, by Jim Gallagher

Pastors facing financial woe as receivers step in.
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THEY RAN their controversial church into the ground with €18million debts.

Now the bosses of Victory Christian Fellowship in Firhouse, Dublin, face more financial woe.

Receivers have put up for rent the former business HQ of Brendan and Sheila Hade, while the homeless hostel run by playboy son Brian has been put on the market for a cool €550,000.

The Bank of Ireland had won a judgement against former male model Brian (44) – who used to own a Lamborghini, a 30ft speedboat and two helicopters – for non-payment of a loan. Now it is selling Brentwood, Ballyboden Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, to recoup its losses. The property initially went on the market for €595,000, but soon dropped its price by a whopping €45,000.

Massive

Meanwhile, upstairs offices of 33-34 Main Street, Rathfarnham, previously home to several Hade businesses, has been put up for rent by the receivers.

The Hades owe a massive €2m on their own properties in addition to the astonishing debts they built up by Victory.

The Hades have threatened the Sunday World with legal action for exposing their millionaire lifestyle and massive property portfolio.

We were the first to reveal in June how Victory had lost its charitable status following an investigation by the Revenue.

The move sparked the Bank of Scotland, which was owed €18m in loans by Victory, and a further €2m by the Hades, for two of their premises, to call the receivers.

Revenue is now said to be chasing hundreds of thousands of euro in unpaid taxes after stripping away Victory’s charity status.

The Hades broke charity rules by running commercial enterprises from the church complex, including a Starbucks and a restaurant.

Brendan and Sheila also lived in a giant apartment on site when they were not supposed to benefit financially.

29 Responses

  1. Do you not understand analogy? That is exactly the point a librarian is not responsible for the content of a book in her library. Only if it was banned. We do not necessarily agree with every article we publish which is pertinent to a case.

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  2. DI,..come on?!…. A librarian having a porn book…ok she may not read it, but is she not breaking the Law by having a porn book in the Library in the first place?!!

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  3. DI, I can’t agree with you regarding Jim Gallagher, the main reason being, he printed many errors especially regarding not reporting the robbery that happened some years ago.. we spoke about this before. It was reported to the Gardi, I know that for a fact, where he got his info, God only knows, but he didn’t check the facts….

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  4. Also by the way the way if we publish a newspaper article which calls you a cult it is no different to a librarian having a porn book in the library. It does not mean she is into porn. In my humble opinion Jim Gallagher is the best journalist in his field.

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  5. Thank you dialogueireland……. the fog is starting to clear!
    I take your points….

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  6. QueenB before I answer your question let me describe the role you are taking. You are acting as a gate keeper trying to divert people from expressing their opinions, by giving individual answers taht do not in any way address the following issues.
    Abuse of power, undue influence of believers, use of spiritual authority to gauge cash off members for personal enrichment. Having such a misguided belief in confusing the acquiring of wealth as a sign of divine blessing. Building a babel church as a sign of human vanity. These are what you need to address not minor details of the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    dialogueireland… just a question, if African Christian churches are teaching in line with the Bible and what Victory teaches…in regard to tithes and offerings

    First of in a Catholic society the very idea of tithes is regarded as cult like. However, it is a part of every Christian Church other than Catholicism on this island. Some see the tithe as representing your gross earnings others see it as being calculated after your net earnings.
    many of the comments are based on this misunderstanding in Irish society that Tithes=Cult.
    However, many of the comments are from former members who have a deep knowledge of the abusive manner funds were raised. This is is not an issue of tithing but rather undue influence been at the very heart of Victory.
    You try to divert by using religious mantras to switch off the critical mind:

    Jesus is my Lord…I love how you love Jesus! You are right , there is no one like Jesus..no not one!

    We do not call any group a cult, you will note we refer to the condition of cultism which is about undue group pressures. It has nothing to do with beliefs which have no interest in, but bringing people under influence.

    ( offerings are big in African churches)…. do you consider them to be cult churches?…./blockquote>

    So as we do not call any group a cult it would be difficult to call African Churches because they use tithing. You remind me of the Pharisees who tried to catch Jesus out by asking him if it was appropriate to pay tax to Caesar!
    Also you have not understood the enormity of what your leaders did in under the guise of being a Charity actually as a Church making money from the Victory Centre. This is not about Starbucks but like what we saw in Clontarf over the last few weeks people at the top using charitable donations to top their pay. I assume that Victory got charitable status to further Religion. It instaed of bringing the gospel to Ireland in smaller buildings and sending out missionaries to preach the gospel, it rather brought in vulture prosperity Evangelists and took the cash and ran. They added property to property and tickled the ears of their fans.
    The Revenue have put a halt to this unseemly and disgusting abuse of the Temple of God.
    Please start addressing these points or please take up your bed and walk

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  7. dialogueireland… just a question, if African Christian churches are teaching in line with the Bible and what Victory teaches…in regard to tithes and offerings ( offerings are big in African churches)…. do you consider them to be cult churches?….

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  8. Sorry about the CAPITALS did not realize I was shouting

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  9. Thank for that very humble and reflective comment. Best Wishes and we have only good wishes for those that leave and those that stay. Anyone needing assistance do feel free to contact us directly.

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  10. anonymous dublin we leaving your foul mouthed attack here including the personal attacks on a journalist. In other words as a believer and follower of Christ you have revealed your real self.
    What is it that is foul mouthed about the report. It is so close to the bone that this person who is under influence reacts without reason. Bring on the Alsatians again!

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  11. @dialogueireland
    I’m sorry if I came across like I was accusing you of attacking people that wasn’t my intend. I was just trying to show concern for the people that are still in victory who will properly have to go through the same hard journey as I went through when they realise what is actually going on in victory. In regulards to this comment you made
    You are one of the first to acknowledge you have left,
    but what is likely to happen if the place is opened again is this.
    The Lord has provided, Jehovah Jireh. Those guys in DI said we were finished and see how the Lord has intervened and we are back……….Watch this space
    I understand why you wouldthink that some people who left victory might return if they get the building but believe me I won’t be one of them. The last few months I have learned some very painful lessons, and thankfully through prayer and reading the bible I have come to a better understanding of what the bible teaches about certain things. I have come to a place where I completely forgive the leaders of victory and I still pray for them to repent and pray Gods will into that situation. I am now attending a new church and I won’t be going back to victory.

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  12. Anyone know what happened in the high court today ? Hade and Victory V Bank of Scotland and receivers.

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  13. An eye for an eye then my brother christian, ?

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  14. Oh my Lord how we are attacked dy this evil site and by the pigs newspaper.
    We have came far, we re tired and we hoped to find rest, We find horrible pigs talk from a pigmouth reporter in a pigsty newspaper even the beggars in our land wouldnt burn.We are called DAMNED…because we believe.
    WHO calls us DAMNED?
    A foul, evil, dirty, sick, pathetic pig …working himself deeper into pigs-shite…and supports this evil dirty site.
    And you my hurt and humilated brothers and sisters stand idel and quiet by.
    You must react to this evil. We all must support any person from God and show this evil dirty newspaper and its dirtier reporter we will not be put down by his evil dirty mouth.
    react now my brothers and sisters in Victory

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  15. Anonymous first could you stop shouting! That is using capitals is not good etiquette when leaving comments. You may not be aware of this but thank you for your comment anyway.

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  16. My only request to dialogue Ireland and all the people who leave comments is this when that time comes please don’t take on the I told you so attitude but try and find I way of giving encouraging comments about how they can overcome the grief their going through

    DI does not attack people who leave groups. You are one of the first to acknowledge you have left,
    but what is likely to happen if the place is opened again is this.
    The Lord has provided, Jehovah Jireh. Those guys in DI said we were finished and see how the Lord has intervened and we are back……….Watch this space

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  17. MY BEST FRIEND IS STILL GOING TO VICTORY SHE GAVE HER LIFE TO THE LORD 25 YEARS AGO SHE ALWAYS PUT HERSELF ON A PEDESTAL THAT SHE HAD WONDERFUL DISCERNMENT,BUT IF HAVE COME TO REALISE THERE ARE 2 TYPES OF CHRISTIANS THAT BEING (1) WALKING IN THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT, (2) WALKING IN THE FRUIT OF THE FLESH,I NOW HAVE PUT MY FRIEND INTO THE SECOND CATERGORY. SHE SEES BRENDAN AS A KING ALTHOUGH SHE ADMITS HE MADE MISTAKES, BUT IS VERY QUICK TO SAY WE MUST NOT JUDGE, I CHALLENGE BRENDAN MAKE A COMMENT ON THIS SITE, PUT AN END TO ALL THE GOSSIP AND BECOME A MAN OF GOD AND NOT A MAN TO THE AMERICAN MEN WHO CALL THEMSELVES PASTORS BUT ARE JUST IN IT FOR THE MONEY. AS THE ABOVE READER HAS ASKED LETS BE THERE FOR THESE HURTING PEOPLE AND LETS ALL BECOME OVERCOMERS.

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  18. It really is a shame about how many people have been stung by victory. But as a recently ex member I know that there are still really good people attending victory with a genuine love for God but at same time believe the Hades spin on things and right now I’m concerned for those people because I know that eventually they will get really hurt by what’s gone on in victory. My only request to dialogue Ireland and all the people who leave comments is this when that time comes please don’t take on the I told you so attitude but try and find I way of giving encouraging comments about how they can overcome the grief their going through

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  19. you reap what you sow….so there you have it! It is a shame that so many people blindly followed this cult! and been stung!

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  20. Also why would they want a place like that when they have an office at Croker?

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  21. May I suggest those of you using the name Anonymous might consider putting an identifier like A or Ireland after your name as the public has no idea who is who? Some are against Victory and some are head over heels in love with them!

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  22. Think that one through. The building has a market value of no more than €3m, so why would the GAA in Tallaght want it? It is a white elephant where it is located. I believe your source is on drugs. My source told me Victory was going back. Now likely a rental deal, but as the SW outlines they are skating on thin ice. At some stage some people are going to wake up and blow the whistle.

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  23. I heard from a good source the GAA have just bought Victory Firhouse for a head office for Tallaght. Figure of about 15mil was spoken about. Alot of Money but fab place to!!

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  24. It is reported only. the American dollar will certainly play its part.Remember Victory Galway was bankrolled by Walter Hallam. lets wait and see.

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  25. Disfuncional, Government, sorry about the mis- spelling above

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  26. The God channel is buying the building?

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  27. the article in the Sunday World regarding the Hades does not surprise me. They are a very disfunctual pair who have brought themselves and their white elephant church into disrepute . being involved with them should come with a goverment health warning.Maybe they will reopen Victory,. the American t.v. channel The God Channel is reportedly buying into Victory. this, for the Hades, is the last sting of the dying wasp. Can they succeed ? Watch out for more court appearances.

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  28. Sorry but a bit confused by this, how are they able to get back into the property on Firhouse road if they are having other properties taken of them?
    Is it that they are just giving the property up to get firhouse back?

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