Ireland’s haunted houses
in The domestic, moral and political economies of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
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All societies have their own household gods, and Irish household gods figure prominently in David Creedon's Ghosts of the Faithful Departed, an award-winning collection of photographs of abandoned houses in the Irish countryside. The home, Bachelard says, is always a maternal space. Hestia (Gr.) Vesta (Rm) was the Classical mythological goddess of the home. The iron cage of rationalized acquisitiveness, Weber says, thoroughly disenchanted and systematically cleansed of all higher spiritual values, is 'haunted by the ghosts of dead religious beliefs'. Creedon's photographs taken in 2005, three years before the economic collapse, are in a sense images taken at Samhainn, the period in the pagan Celtic calendar. Celtic Tiger Ireland emerged under the auspices of the spirit of Hermes' free market. The free market of Hermes the Trickster is the source of the nihilism that has been at the heart / hearth of Celtic Tiger Ireland.

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