1923 to 1964
Irish Short Story Month III
March 1 to March 31
Event Resources-links to lots of Irish short stories-from classics to those written in 2013.
"Confirmation Suit" is a simple story that shows off much of preoccupations of Behan. A boy is about to be confirmed as Catholic, a very important day in the life of a child, normally at about age 13. It is also a time when proud parents and grandparents want to make sure their boy has a nice suit to wear to his confirmation. For the working class family in this story, the suit is not a trivial expense and a lot of care when in deciding who would make it. Normally the woman who did his suit only makes outfits for people to be buried in but she made a deal with the family to do this suit. Fortunately this story is online so you can read it if you like and I recommend you give it a try. It has all the elements of a Irish short story-heavy drinking, Catholicism and priests, death, family and a rebellious son and a weak or at least emotional remote father. There was also a lot of fear in the story as the confirmation candidates could be asked all sorts of theological questions.