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Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Cara Delay

mother spent an entire day selecting a dress and a veil, and they negotiated everything from shoes (O’Keefe wanted black; her mother white) to socks. The morning of the big event, O’Keefe woke too early with ‘butterflies’ and wished to get dressed hours before the communion. She also struggled with fasting. ‘It had all seemed very noble when Sister Genevieve explained it’, she recalled, ‘but now I just felt hungry’.132 At the chapel, O’Keefe and her friends preened and compared dresses, but then nervousness hit her once more. Like most girls, O’Keefe searched for the

in Irish women and the creation of modern Catholicism, 1850–1950