Parents spend over €800 on Communions
Irish parents are spending a whopping €836 on their child's First Holy Communion - most of which is being spent on food and drinks, according to new figures.
The outlay by families for 2016 easily trumps recorded figures from last year by a significant 12pc.
The Ulster Bank survey of 205 parents in May and June found that, on average, they spent €370 on a party and food and drink.
They also spent an average of €176 on their child's Communion outfit and another €212 on outfits for other family members. They also splashed out €149 on children's entertainment, up by a quarter on last year.
Meanwhile, for girls making their Communion, parents reported spending €56 on hair and make-up, an increase of 12pc from a year earlier.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Dermott Jewell of the Consumer Association of Ireland said the figures indicate a worrying return to Celtic Tiger levels of spending with families trying to out-do each other.
"We seem to have missed the Celtic Tiger terribly and are keen to get it back and that's not necessarily the right way to go," Mr Jewell said.
"You have to wonder if it is entirely the parents' choice or if it's a case where they're trying to keep up with the Joneses to a degree," he added. As usual, it was the children who were the big winners on the day, collecting an average of €546.
Although the boys still lagged behind the girls, receiving €30 less.