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Bouncy Castle by cartoonist Maeve O’Keeffe

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Bouncy castles aren’t just for First Communions!

With First Communions in full swing, it’s a busy time for bouncy castles.  And birthdays, too!  Have you special memories, dreadful disasters or funny stories to share? Post to my blog or email 

Daughter’s 13th birthday was approaching.  How to celebrate?  None of my suggestions measured up.  “Mum, I’ll be a teenager,” she pointed out, “It can’t be lame.”  “A bouncy castle?” I said flippantly, referring to the upcoming First Communion.  “Great idea!” she agreed.   Oh no, why didn’t I keep my mouth shut?  Eighteen pre-teens hopping around in the pouring rain could be a disaster.

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More First Communion tales by cartoonist Maeve O’Keeffe

What a week!  I had a great time last Saturday meeting the women in the Lace Making Guild in Nemo Rangers, Cork and hope to report on this in the Evening Echo.  I got to see amazing needlecraft and was especially interested in the skills involved in creating Communion veils, christening robes and wedding lace.

After last week’s ‘Communion Dress’ article, people have been sharing their First Communion memories with me.  Here’s one I like:

“After First Communion there would be a Eucharistic procession in early June where we would wear our Communion dresses, and could do so for the following few years until we grew too big.  I’d grown so tall that my dress was indecently short.  Like Scarlett O’Hara in the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’, my mother took down the kitchen net curtains and used the white netting to stitch a panel in the middle.  My decency was saved!”