The rugged landscape of Ireland’s largest offshore island Achill is spectacular, and it is here where The House of Prayer is to be found. Christina Gallagher, in her own words, was an “ordinary housewife” until the mid-1980s, when she says she had a vision of Our Lord. Since then, she claims to have regularly been receiving messages from heaven, the tone of which have become extremely threatening. She has also allied herself with Fr Gerard McGinnity, a priest who is highly controversial in his own right. Using donations from her increasingly large following, she built the ‘House of Prayer’ on Achill Island, followed by an empire of houses in the US and Mexico. The Achill Island property has become the site of regular, devoted pilgrimages.
Gallagher, who has no formal source of income, has amassed a fortune – including numerous mansions houses. The evidence of such wealth has come as a sickening, shocking surprise to Christina Gallagher’s followers, some of whom have donated their life savings to the House of Prayer because they were convinced the organisation was in dire need of cash. Also the publication of the book by Jim Gallagher entitled, Immaculate Deception in 2009 has totally transformed the understanding of the situation. Before that it was viewed in a kind of theological fog of argument and counter argument in regard to whether these visions were authentic. Jim has followed the money trail relentlessly and has shown that the use of Apocalypticism is merely a way of controlling her members. The role of tabloid journalism which is totally rejected by Eileen Barker, Emeritus professor at the LSE is here a servant of getting the truth out. Barker confuses the tabloid medium as using shock and exaggerated stories to sell newspapers with what is really happening namely following the evidential trail and not getting lost in the fog of ‘New Religious Movements.’ The relentless work of this journalist has been a great asset to Dialogue Ireland and we are both regarded as the great Satans’ by Christina. Here vulnerable Adults generally of an older generation are groomed, and mentally disabled. They are told not to read the newspapers or go near the TV. Nor are they likely to go to the net where they can find the information to free the mind of its information disability.
Key Articles & Links
- 6 January, 2008 (Sunday World) (page 1) (page 2)
- 20 January, 2008 (Sunday World) (page 1) (page 2)
- 27 January, 2008 (Sunday World) (pages 1 2 3 4 5)
- 3 February, 2008 (Sunday World) (page 1)
- 10 February, 2008 (Sunday World) (page 1) (page 2)
- Sunday World article (2 March 2008)(large pdf)
- 9 March, 2008 (Sunday World) (page 1) (page 2) (both large pdf)
- 11 May 2008: Vow of silence
- 1 June 2008: House of Pain (pages 1 2 3)
- 15 June 2008: Gates of Heaven
- 20 July 2008: Holy Writ (pages 1 2 3 4 5)
RTE’s Primetime coverage from 2008
TV3’s Midweek talk to Jim Gallagher about his House of Prayer Book ‘Immaculate Deception’
TV3’s Morning show on Christina Gallagher
TV3 Documentary on Ireland’s Secret Cults
TV3’s Midweek cover the absence of response from the Catholic Church.
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