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Many children get over €1k for their First Holy Communion

One in five Irish children are given over €1,000 by relatives on the day of their First Holy Communion, according to a recent survey.

The survey, which was carried out by, also revealed that the average child in Ireland was given €323 but a fifth get between €1,000 and €1,500.

The parenting organisation quizzed 1,005 mothers for the survey.

New survey reveals eye-watering cost of a child’s First Holy Communion in Ireland

Elsewhere in the survey the parents revealed how much they spend on their child’s big day.

The average cost to parent’s for the child’s first Holy Communion ranges from €1,222 – €1,525. These totals were added up from the average costs of communion outfits (€236), child’s hair and make-up appointment (€75), new clothes for other family members (€260) and food and catering (€400-€600).

Despite the big spending, the vast majority of parents (98%) believed that a card was the most appropriate gift. This was followed by jewellery or a religious token (88%).

The amount of money put in a child’s communion card typically ranges from €5-€30.

More than half of the parents questioned said that they feel pressure to spend big for their child’s First Holy Communion.

Laura Haugh, a spokeswoman for said: “It seems that as we become more financially stable the materialistic nature of the Holy Communion Day is creeping back in.

“Parents are spending more on outfits and the celebrations while children are now obsessing over how much money they will receive in gifts on their big day.

“The consensus amongst mums is ‘less is more’ when it comes to the beauty regime for little girls preparing for their Holy Communion.

“Most of our mums agree it is acceptable to wear subtle nail varnish, have their ears pierced or get a professional hair-do, while wearing make-up and fake tan is considered totally inappropriate.

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“In an effort to help parents curb costs and instil a sense of community within their school, many will now throw a big party for the children after the church ceremony.

“In addition, just over one in ten schools will hire sacramental robes for the children or insist they wear their uniform on their big day.”


3 thoughts on “Many children get over €1k for their First Holy Communion

  1. Elaine Salvino

    How much is that in American money?

    22/04/2016 at 5:47 pm
  2. Rashid Patch

    I never got a single cent, neither for 1st Communion, nor for my Confirmation. If there’d been any money in it, maybe I wouldn’t have fallen away from the Church! As it was, there was only the incense, the magic words, the chants and classical music. After the Ecumenical Council, all those were gone. No incense. No Latin. From Gregorian Chant and Bach, to three people with badly tuned guitars singing folk songs. One week, it was solemn high mass, and the next week, it seemed everybody had turned into Presbyterians. Lost me around there…..

    22/04/2016 at 3:58 pm
  3. Franki loftus

    Utterly and totally ridiculous. Need to bring back common sense and integrity. Holy Communion, if you subscribe to the belief, is about a religious rite not a fashion show. The message gets lost.

    21/04/2016 at 12:43 am

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