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One Direction trumped by Communion

Three sets of parents who wanted their children's Holy Communion date changed as it clashed with a One Direction concert have failed to rally support.

The unholy row erupted at a primary school in Ireland when the youngsters got tickets to see the boy band on May 24 next year.

The parents of 27 other pupils attending Raheen Gaelscoil in Limerick had to be balloted over a possible change of date to three weeks earlier.

A school spokesman said parents voted overnight so the fairest outcome could be reached for all concerned.

"The result of that ballot has been overwhelmingly in favour of retaining the original date," he said.

"Staff, parents and children of Gaelscoil an Raithin look forward to preparing for this very special celebration next May."

The vote was taken after the three families objected to the May 24 date, which had been provisionally earmarked by the local parish priest.

One Direction, including Mullingar native Niall Horan, will play three sell-out gigs in Croke Park in Dublin - more than 125 miles (200km) away - the same weekend as part of their mammoth Where We Are tour.

It is understood a meeting in the school became extremely heated when the parents involved insisted that the date be changed.

Other parents became incensed at what one reportedly described as the "disrespect shown to the blessed sacrament".

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