Shocking holy costs
LAST MONDAY morning there was a parade of young girls posing for photographs in Dublin’s Mountjoy Square. As the first warm sun of summer bounced off their dazzlingly white parasols, the little girls did little twirls and their proud parents beamed and snapped away at digital cameras.
Fast forward seven days and it is a racing certainty that the parasols have joined the dresses, shoes and all the other accessories in cupboards where they will attract no further attention, except perhaps from the moths who will feast on them in the years to come.
While dressing a child up at enormous expense like a mini-bride may seem like one of the first of the Celtic Tiger excesses to go in the current climate, as this year’s Communion season draws to a close, reports suggest quite the contrary.