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OPINION: How the Catholic Church built its property portfolio

The interior of the Church of St Augustine & St John, Dublin. Photo: William Murphy

Our Assistant Dean, Research, Dr Niamh NicGhabhann, has written an article for RTÉ Brainstorm on how the Roman Catholic Church embarked on a huge programme of church building in the 19th century funded by donations from parishioners and the Irish diaspora.

It’s clear from the records of this period, and from the buildings in our cities, towns and villages, that these building funds supported the development of schools, churches, convents, monasteries, and social institutions. Many of these are still in use today, while others are in a slow process of ruination.

But why did people contribute so much? Why did they dedicate their hard-earned and limited funds to these vast, ornate building projects when times were often very hard?

Read the full article here:

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