Ashbourne mum to open pop-up shop for pre-loved communion and confirmation outfits

Ashbourne mum to open pop-up shop for pre-loved communion and confirmation outfits

Caoimhe Gore will open the pop-up shop in the spring of next year to assist families during the cost of living crisis

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SAVVY Ashbourne mum, who upcycled her wedding dress into a communion gown to pass on to her four daughters, has opened a pop-up shop that sells pre-loved second-hand communion and confirmation outfits for girls and boys at no cost.

Caoimhe Gore, who saved hundreds by reusing her wedding gown, came up the idea to help cash-strapped parents cope with the cost of living crisis.

The mother of four’s stunning satin and lace full length gown bought for €1,000 in a Mullingar boutique will have well and truly earned its keep with daughters Lily (11), Ivy (8), Daisy (7) and Ebony (1), all taking turns to wear their mother’s special frock.

“I bought it in 2013 the year I got married and it was always something I had liked the idea of but then when I had my third daughter I figured it would save me so much money in the long run,” said Caoimhe.

“They love wearing it and having it as theirs for special occasions. They even talk about when my fourth-born daughter will wear it. She’s only one!

“When I was buying it, I never imagined I would be lucky to have my four daughters wearing it.”

“I don’t have the worry or the expense of buying a dress for each girl so I started to think of ways I could help other parents.”

The St Declan’s NS Parent’s Association Chairperson started the initiative to collect second-hand communion wear. People have responded in large numbers with donations. As families are spending up to €1000 for the special day it will no doubt be welcome news for struggling parents.

According to the Ashbourne mother, she has been “blown away”Thanks to the generosity of people so far.

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“We are only up-and-running in a few days. We have eight communion dresses, about twelve communion suits, and shoes, bags, and veils. People have been so generous.

“The suits and dresses were immaculate. They are absolutely stunning. It’s amazing how much money people have spent on them, and how many people have donated them.

As Caoimhe explains, this is not the first time St Declan’s has helped families struggling to pay school fees.

“Before school started back, we had a kind of uniform rally. People were giving us uniforms that they weren’t using anymore and the families were able get them through the school.

“We had thought about this idea for the communion and confirmations, and we had parents contact us with the same idea so we just decided to action it really.”

“We hope to do a pop up shop locally in January where people will be able to come in and choose the outfits and give the children that special exciting retail experience.

“There will be an option to make a donation but if someone isn’t in a position to, that’s totally fine.”

For more information ,find St Declan’s Parents Association on Facebook.

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