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Parents vote to keep Communion date despite clash with One Direction gig

The communion at Gaelscoil an Ráithín is on the same day as the boy band’s concert in Dublin which some of the children have tickets to.

One Direction
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A PRIMARY SCHOOL balloted parents today as to whether to change the date of the scheduled Holy Communion day because the One Direction concert was on the same day.

The votes are in at Gaelscoil an Ráithín and the parents have voted to keep the original Holy Communion Day of May 24.


A statement from the school said:

Further to requests from a small number of parents to change the planned date of May 24 next for the reception of Holy Communion for the first time for our 2nd Class pupils, Gaelscoil an Ráithín, in order to reach the fairest outcome for all concerned, balloted parents overnight on this matter.

The result of that ballot has been overwhelmingly in favour of retaining the original date.  Staff, parents and children of Gaelscoil an Ráithín look forward to preparing for this very special celebration next May

It’s believed that three families who have children attending Raheen Gaelscoil in Limerick objected to the May 24 date, as their children had booked tickets for the One Direction concert in Croke Park in Dublin that evening.

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The bet

The vote sparked the interest of Paddy Power who today started taking bets on the ballot on whether Raheen Gaelscoil’s would vote to keep the communion date.

Paddy Power had odds of 1/3 for the communion to go ahead on its original date of 24 May while it was 2/1 for the sacrament’s date to be changed to accommodate those with tickets to see One Direction.

A Paddy Power spokesperson said: “One Direction might be the hottest ticket on the planet right now but our odds would suggest that they have some way to go before they can classify themselves as bigger than Jesus, at least in the minds of some parents!”

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