ANOTHER IRISH COMMUNION season has come to a close, as dry cleaners go into a Coke-stain cleaning frenzy.
The much-fantasised-about dresses are being hung up, and parents are arguing with small children over how much money they get to spend and how much goes into their post office account.
As a nation, we really do have a special way of celebrating the Catholic rite of passage.
Here are 14 things you see at an Irish communion.
Adults discussing how much they got at their own communion
Adults discussing the shocking amounts of money being given these days
Adults discussing the shocking amounts of money being spent these days
Adults generally finding things shocking
‘FALSE TAN! MAKEUP! HAIR DRESSERS! Sure in my day you were lucky if you could find a hairbrush.’
Kids running around in circles
Actual circles. What is that about?
Little girls doing twirls
Give us a twirl!
Excitement x fizzy drinks = at least one tantrum.
We’re mad for a rosette.
Worn with pride, and then forgotten about.
Small white handbags thrown to the side
They begged and begged for it, too.
Little girls doing angelic poses outside the church…
…and later on belting their little brother for something or other before tearing around the back garden.
Desperate mothers pleading with sons not to roll around in the grass in their suits
‘Michael! STOP IT! Please not in your good suit!’
…which are meant to be ‘for the kids’. YEAH, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.
Cross shaped/Bible shaped cakes with golden chalices on them