Monday 20 May 2019

Irish mums spend an average of €700 on a child’s First Holy Communion

New research has revealed that Irish parents fork out up to €703 on the big day in May.

After mass celebrations will see most mums (62pc) shelling out between €750 and €1000 feeding and entertaining the family.
After mass celebrations will see most mums (62pc) shelling out between €750 and €1000 feeding and entertaining the family.

Patricia Murphy

Irish mothers spend an average of €703 on their child’s First Holy Communion, new research has revealed.

Researchers questioned over a thousand Irish mums and found that 48pc of families spend between €500 and €1000 on the occasion.

Over a third of families (38pc) spend below €500 while 14pc spend over €1000 on the big day in May.

The research, conducted by Mummypages.ie found that 61pc of mothers spend €199 on a child’s Holy Communion outfit including shoes and accessories with 2pc of mum spending as much as €750 on their child’s attire.

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More than half (55pc) of mums spend up to €50 on styling their child’s hair prior to the mass and 64pc spend up to €250 buying new outfits for the entire family.

After mass celebrations will see most mums (62pc) shelling out between €750 and €1000 feeding and entertaining the family.

The massive spend for the occasion proves a huge financial burden for Irish families and 55pc of parents admit they worry about the expensive day for months before it arrives.

The survey results also found that Irish parents would like primary schools to implement more cost saving initiatives to help reduce the financial impact of First Holy Communions on a family’s budget.

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The research found that 63pc of mothers hoped that in the future children would be asked to wear their school uniform instead of the traditional white dress and suits to help reduce the cost.

Spokesperson for Mummypages.ie Laura Haugh said:  “It is amazing to see how much parents attitudes have changed in the last five years. The Tiger years are well and truly gone but that’s a good thing when it comes to First Holy Communion celebrations as the hype often overshadowed the importance of the special day.

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“The ‘keeping up with the Jones’ mentality that was evident in the noughties has dispelled and we are seeing more parents buying in high street department stores, borrowing and even hiring their communion outfits.”

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