'Cara's big Communion bash will double up as my post-chemo party'
DEIRDRE Sullivan has one hell of a bash planned for next month when her daughter Cara makes her first Communion.
Along with the religious ceremony, the party will mark the fact that Ms Sullivan has just completed a course of chemotherapy as she battles breast cancer.
"I haven't decided yet whether to go wigless or not," joked Ms Sullivan. She lost her hair during the treatment but it is slowly starting to grow back.
Daughter Cara (7) has, not surprisingly, been heavily affected by the fact that her mother has cancer. Just about to complete her 16th session of chemotherapy, Ms Sullivan likes to joke about her predicament, despite now having to start radiotherapy.
"You just have to get on with it," she says by way of explanation for her sunny disposition. "I would not have got through it otherwise," she adds.
Dublin-based Ms Sullivan and her husband John have two other children, Seán (16) and Cian (13).
Mr Sullivan is an electrician, and Ms Sullivan runs floristry school, Kay's Flower School in Rialto, with her sister. She is a member of the online community of mothers at MummyPages.ie.
The couple will not be holding back when Cara makes her Communion in May. "We will have a big Communion party, but it will also be a post-chemo party," she says.
The Sullivans expect to invite 50 to 60 people to their home for the big bash. There will be two bouncy castles - one for Cara's friends, and one for older children.
Ms Sullivan expects to order food from the likes of SuperValu.
She expects that the bill will top €2,500.
But then there is a lot to celebrate.