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My First Holy Communion in Ireland

Your First Holy Communion is definitely a big deal in Ireland. I’m not sure how people do it here, but at home, people go all out! I remember mine. It was a really nice day actually - surprising given that I live on the West Coast of Ireland. The Mass was lovely. Mam and Dad had the house lovely for all of my family to have a party afterwards. It should be noted that my family is about 3 times the size of any normal family so there were 15+ Uncles, 15+ Aunts, 3 Grandparents and about 1,800 cousins (might be a bit of an exaggeration on the cousin-front but you get the idea) and of course, family friends. So naturally for such a big crowd of people, we would need an awful amount of food and drink (after all, this is an Irish party)! Many families choose to rent a venue and have the whole party catered but my mother would have none of it! She made everything herself. She’s ‘some woman for one woman’ as we say at home (meaning she’s quite an amazing lady)! Anyway, as it’s coming up to communion season, I decided I’d give ye a few insights into my First Holy Communion and some of the traditions we have at home. Off we go...

Well there’s the dress and accessories. Pretty crucial stuff - especially when you’re that age. I remember going shopping for accessories with my Mam. Picking out a beautiful Celtic Cross Necklace and some pearly bracelets. They were beautiful. They looked quite similar to the ones below - and of course you can find all of our Irish made Communion jewelry here (including tie-tacs & rosary beads)!


I had a ‘surprise’ dress, meaning I didn’t go shopping for one with my mother. Instead  my auntie (who is the queen of all things fashion) went off and got one for me. Everyone else had really cool dresses with nice lacy bits and gold trimmings. Mine was quite plain - but she, being a genius, added little ornate pieces of lace making it really cute. I also had really cool fingerless gloves. Naturally later in the day, I would go on to totally destroy the dress with markers while I coloured on my lap. I was 8 - what can I say? Everyone had a great time and the party lasted well into the night. 


Nowadays, people go even bigger than what I remember! Little girls might get a spray tan & their nails done for the day. The lads tend to wear really nice expensive suits, even if they do grow out of them before the day is out! Renting a venue is an even bigger trend! Of course, the Mass itself has stayed the same throughout the decades.

I’ll leave you with a funny story. My parents put my money in the bank immediately - savings for future holidays etc. However, they did give me €30 to do what I want with. I had big dreams and this was the most amount of money I had ever had - so what did I buy? Yes, you guessed it - the girl from one of the wettest places on earth bought an 4 ft circular inflatable pool. One rainy day, I took it outside, blew it up (nearly lost consciousness & a lung) and got in. I can’t believe I didn’t get hypothermia. I did wash the cat though - the cat, in a plastic inflatable pool. The pool lasted all of 6 minutes. 

Look at me, wasn’t I only gorgeous!


St. Paddy's Day Prep. - It's Time to Get Ready!

That’s right - Valentine’s Day is barely out from under us and we’re starting straight into Paddy’s Day! Well, what can we say? We’re Irish! It really is the greatest day of the year! So much craic and laughs to be had! We want you to be super prepared for Patrick’s Day 2017. So here I am! At your service! (What is this, a bond film?)

Well let’s start with the basics. You’re going to want to be warm! If Paddy’s Day here is anything like Paddy’s Day at home, you’d do well to bring a rain jacket & umbrella with you too! But in terms of warmth, we have you covered! Why not try one of our beautiful 100% Wool Aran Knit Sweaters. Made in Ireland from the highest quality wool, these jumpers are both soft and durable! Available in a range of sizes and colours but most importantly, available in GREEN! You could also try one of our stunning capes! This one is made in Co.Kerry using 85% Lambswool & 15% Nylon making it both lightweight and warm. Ideal for keeping warm while watching the parade! It is also available in a range of colours but let’s face it - the only colour that really matters on Paddy’s Day is green!


Sticking with the theme of warmth, you can also wrap up in a number of our great scarves. Our scarves are crafted from the finest materials including Merino Wool, Lambswool, Cashmere, Mohair, silk and more! You can check out our selection here - but for Paddy’s Day, here are a few of my favourites. Warm, durable and green!


Incase you need something that will really keep your insides warm, we’ve got you covered there too! Why not take a look at our lovely selection of flasks?! Available in a beautiful selection of sizes and designs, you’ll find one perfect for you! They are made in Ireland from stainless steel and pewter! Take a look! We also have the famous and beautiful blackthorn walking sticks to keep you upright on the day! Haha!

Finally, it’s always great to show your Irish Pride on Paddy’s Day. Why not show yours off with a beautiful piece of Irish Jewelry? Our jewelry is made in Ireland before being stamped in Dublin Castle and brought over here to us! What could be more Irish? Find yourself a beautiful pendant, ring, bracelet, brooch or pair of earrings! Here are a few of my favourites!


We wish you the very best for your Paddy’s Day preparations! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions! We are always delighted to help!

Lá fhéile Pádraig! 

Irish Phrases You Can Use on Valentine's Day! (As Gaelige!)

There is only one week left before Valentine’s Day (I literally can’t believe it! Time is flying altogether)! I want to make sure you’re prepared. There are three words that everyone wants to hear this February 14th but that seems a bit easy doesn’t it? For that special someone who loves all things Irish, let me teach you how to say all of the important things as Gaelige (in Irish)!

Is tú mo stóirín - (Is thoo muh store-een) - You are my little sweetheart! Anything with ‘ín’ at the end in Irish means ‘little’. My mother still calls me Girlín to this day. I’m her wee girl - or of course, the classic Loveen - an anglicisation of little love. Perhaps one of our 100% Wool Irish-Made Blankets could be the perfect gift for your stóirín! Wrap up together and watch a movie this Valentine's and for many more ahead! So durable, soft and warm!


Is tú mo anam cara - (Is thoo muh anim cara) - You are my soulmate! We have a beautiful collection of Mo Anam Cara jewelry perfect for your soulmate! Each piece is crafted in Ireland and stamped in Dublin Castle. Could there be anything more romantic?


Táim i ngrá leat - (Thom ee nraw lath) - I’m in love with you! Powerful words don’t you think? ‘Grá’ is the Irish for ‘love’. Why not say these beautiful words and present her with these stunning Irish rings, crafted and stamped in Dublin Castle! Remember that the Claddagh symbol stands for Love, Loyalty and Friendship - 3 key ingredients in a great relationship!

As we say in Ireland Níl aon leigheas ar an ngrá ach pósadh - There’s no cure for love but marriage! If you’re thinking of tying the knot in the future, we have the rings for you! Made from the finest materials in Ireland and stamped in Dublin Castle, our rings certainly have the luck of the Irish along with stunning designs! Please call us on 269-639-8585 ! We would be happy to help you find exactly what you’re looking for!


Tá grá agam duit - (Thaw graw ogum thitch) - I love you! Here you are! I know this is what you were looking for! If there’s ever a time to utter ‘I love you’, it’s on February 14th (& with lots of practice! Haha!)

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BiddyMurphy.com is a global online retailer for beautifully handcrafted Celtic gifts. We work with a variety of Irish artisans to source meaningful jewelry, clothing, and home goods that make special Irish gifts for all occasions. Some of our best sellers include Celtic Crosses, Trinity Knot necklaces, Guinness merchandise, blessings for the home, and gorgeous Irish caps, sweaters, scarves and blankets. Shop those hard to find Confirmation, First Communion, and Holiday gifts!

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