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!”