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Unholy row over One Direction gig Communion clash


 One Direction. Photo: Andrew Burton/Reuters

One Direction. Photo: Andrew Burton/Reuters

One Direction. Photo: Andrew Burton/Reuters

A PRIMARY school is to ballot parents after families demanded to have the Holy Communion date changed because it clashes with a One Direction concert.

The move came after the three families in Limerick objected to the May 24 date for the pupils at the Gaelscoil in Raheen.

The date had been provisionally earmarked by the local parish priest.

However, some parents objected because their children had booked tickets for the gig in Croke Park that day.

A school meeting on Tuesday night became extremely heated when the parents involved insisted that the date be changed – while other parents became incensed at what one described as the "disrespect shown to the blessed sacrament".

When it was impossible to agree on the alternative May 3 date, the school meeting was ended.

Children were yesterday sent home from the suburban school with notes advising that a ballot will now be taken amongst the 30 families who have children in the Holy Communion class.

"A lot of parents who had no problem with the date contacted the school subsequently to express their outrage at the (perceived) disrespect shown to the blessed sacrament," a school source confirmed.

Some parents had no principled objection to a change of date once there was proper justification.

"They just didn't think a pop concert was a good enough reason," one relative said.

Parents will now ballot on whether Holy Communion should go ahead on the date selected (May 24) or the alternative date (May 3).

School officials said they believe there is an emerging majority in favour of proceeding with the original date.

The controversy erupted after a number of schools in Cork and Dublin previously selected Holy Communion dates to avoid a clash with the sell-out concert series following early representations from both parents and children.

The boy band first played Dublin's 02 in 2011 as part of the X Factor tour after the finished third in the hit UK talent show.

One Direction will play three gigs in Croke Park from May 23-25 as part of their mammoth 'Where We Are' tour.

Tickets for the gigs sold out within minutes of going in sale.

The band, which has only been together three years, now has a combined estimated wealth of almost €40m.