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Emma Purcell and Aoife Robertson made their first holy communion virtually in Lusk, Co Dublin, at the weekend. PHOTO: MARK CONDREN

Emma Purcell and Aoife Robertson made their first holy communion virtually in Lusk, Co Dublin, at the weekend. PHOTO: MARK CONDREN

Ellie Duff (8) from Rathfarnham, who made her first confession at Ballyroan Parish Church. PHOTO: STEVE HUMPHREYS

Ellie Duff (8) from Rathfarnham, who made her first confession at Ballyroan Parish Church. PHOTO: STEVE HUMPHREYS

Emma greets family members

Emma greets family members

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Emma Purcell and Aoife Robertson made their first holy communion virtually in Lusk, Co Dublin, at the weekend. PHOTO: MARK CONDREN

Emma Purcell (8) is celebrating after making her first communion at home in a live video link with her local church.

Along with her classmates as Lusk National School in north Co Dublin, she followed the ceremony at home while Fr George Begley officiated.

Her mother Michelle had earlier collected the Eucharist and gave it to Emma at home.

"She was very excited, but also a little nervous as well," said Michelle. The family later celebrated with a party at home, complete with a bouncy castle and a cake.

Meanwhile, Ellie Duff (8) made another rite of passage when she walked solo down the aisle of Ballyroan Church in Rathfarnham, Dublin, to make her first confession.

Ellie was sick in January and missed making her first confession with her classmates. But her mother Mary contacted local priest Fr Peter O'Connor to ask if she could make her first confession online.

"Fr Peter said that after he did a Mass for all the children online, he'd invite Ellie on her own to do her confession at a social distance," she said.

"It was a very special day, one she'll never forget."

Irish Independent