Supermarket chain Aldi is to sell Communion dresses for just €24.99.
The discounter claimed it will offer the best value on Communion dresses in Ireland to help parents cope with the costs of the religious ritual. Oxfam Ireland also said it was selling brand-new dresses for between €25 and €30.
Research had shown that families spent around €713 on their child's Communion last year, with the average outfit costing €163, according to a survey by Ulster Bank.
Aldi will offer two different styles of dress at €24.99 each as well as Communion shrugs for €9.99, a handbag and glove set for €9.99, and headdresses for €9.99 each.
The Communion wear will go on sale on Sunday, March 16, as a one-off special purchase in limited quantities.
Aldi group buying director Rob Farrell said that First Communion was an expensive time for families, with everything from outfits to food and entertainment.
Meanwhile, Oxfam Ireland has Communion dresses starting from just €10 in its shop on George's Street in Dublin. Prices range from €10 to €15 for pre-worn Communion dresses, with new gowns on sale for between €25 and €30. Dunnes Stores has Paul Costelloe Communion dresses priced from €50 to €95.