24 May 2017

In photographing church interiors during a time of great change Church examines the decline of the practice of Catholicism in Ireland during the mid-nineties. This falling-off of faith and practice was primarily driven by a major turn in the economy – during this period the country was colloquially known as the ‘Celtic Tiger’ – and it was also aligned to a number of high profile scandals that often involved babies, children, priests or bishops. The social shift from Faith is perhaps not surprising in an expanding economy but was perhaps more marked in Ireland due to the country’s late development as a ‘modern’ state in European terms.