Kildare girl wears unique communion dress handcrafted by great grandmother almost 60 years ago

Made from cotton and handknitted

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Kildare girl wears unique communion dress handcrafted by great grandmother almost 60 years ago

Ciara Creevey and her great grandmother Joan Rafter, 95

Kildare schoolgirl Ciara Creevey certainly made an impression when she stepped out for her First Holy Communion last weekend.

A large number of people were hugely impressed with her unique beautiful dress, which was handcrafted by her 95 year-old great grandmother Joan Rafter.

Ciara made her communion in St Mary's Church, Maynooth on Saturday May 11. She is a pupil in second class in the Presentation Girls School,Maynooth. Her communion dress was made of white cotton and hand knitted by her great grandmother in 1960.

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It was first worn by Ciara's grandmother Margaret (Joan's daughter) in 1960 and has been worn by seven family members over the years. Ciara is the third generation of the family to wear it and it is as pristine and beautiful as it was when it was first created.

Ciara and her great grandmother who made the dress back in 1960