Up until the 1950s young girls in Ireland wore white when making their confirmation. These ethereal images remind me of August Sander’s confirmation portrait and the overall atmosphere is reminiscent of two of my favourite films: Picnic at hanging rock and White Ribbon. Confirmations remain one of the few occasions which are still marked by a formal studio portrait. Note the contrast in the footwear worn by the two sets of sisters – dusty black brogues on the first and pristine white canvass shoes on the second. One of the photographs bears the embossed logo of the photographer J. Hughes. I have located other photographs taken by the Hughes studio in Waterford County Museum’s photographic archive which have identical backdrops and props.