ON A WING AND A PRAYER by By JIM GALLAGHER
Fake visionary denies owning mansions
to Joe Duffy..but we can prove otherwise
FAKE VISIONARY Christina Gallagher made a desperate bid to boost her image this week when she went on Joe Duffy’s Liveline radio show and blasted the Sunday World.
The founder of the controversial House of Prayer on Achill Island once again claimed she did not own any property. And she said our exclusive exposés on her astonishing mansions and millionaire lifestyle were all “lies and stories”.
Asked why she didn’t take legal action against the Sunday World if the stories were untrue, the 60-year-old said: “I don’t have the money.” Joe asked her who owned the luxury mansion in Malahide where she lived for many years until 2013, but she did not answer. And she made no mention of the fabulous gated property she now calls home on the exclusive Coldwater Lakes estate in Saggart, west Dublin.
The Sunday World revealed in November 2013 that the self styled holy woman had snapped up the six-bedroom mansion for €1.1million after it failed to go for its €2m asking price.
Christina’s own website confirms she is the owner of this property. And it reveals she bought it using money she got from a mansion in the U.K., which the Sunday World uncovered in March 2011. That Shropshire house – which she bought for £1.8m in October 2009 without a mortgage – had its own lake and indoor swimming pool. Christina told Joe about “the horrors”she had been put through by the media. But she has lived like a queen for years while the rest of the country suffered through the recession.
While she enjoyed the best of everything, she encouraged elderly followers to give her their life savings for “Our Lady’s cause”. Some victims later claimed they had been brainwashed by the cult. She told Joe she bought a house for her daughter Mary near Ballina, but failed to mention it cost nearly €1m. She also never mentioned the house she bought for son Brendan nearby. Even though she told Joe she never asked anyone for donations, she has spent years raising cash for ludicrous projects, like a series of bomb shelters in the U.S.Jesus allegedly told her: “Soon, the world will be plunged into the black apostasy that will engulf the world…” Christina told Joe she couldn’t understand
why the Catholic Church refused to recognise her. The day after she appeared on Liveline, House of Prayer director Pat Coleman also rang in to blast the Sunday World. He told Joe the House of Prayer was kept going only by “small donations”. In fact, figures filed last year showed it had assets of €1.8 million. When Joe pointed out that House of Prayer officials took the Sunday World to the press ombudsman with over 100 complaints – which were all dismissed – he said he was not involved back then.
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