Rik Moran

What is it that makes us suspend belief in reality and place our faith in systems beyond our control? The same type of faith that once led people to build mighty houses of worship, more recently led others to believe in ever increasing house prices. 

The most expensive houses in Dublin sit chained up and empty, whilst housing crisis related suicides are at an all time high. Huge tech businesses head quarter themselves here, yet contribute little to the economy. It's little wonder people seek solace in religion, or substances, shopping and gambling. Unscrupulous developers continue to profit in the misfortune of the desperate, fuelling boom to bust and back again. 

Those of us lucky enough to be on the ladder, worship at the altar of property prices, entrusting our security and future in the matrices of mortgages, entrenched in the belief that equity will lead to enlightenment come the day of reckoning.

Over four days I walked from mansions to multi-stories, corporate headquarters to council estates, and the paths and streets in-between. I set out to understand how the faiths and beliefs of the city interact with their surroundings, and what return they offer to those invested in them.

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