Three Catholic schools the first in south to switch to integrated status


Three Catholic schools the first in south to switch to integrated statusThree rural primary schools in the Republic are taking the historic step of relinquishing their Catholic status to becoming multi-demoninational.

Scoil an Ghleanna and Tahilla National School, both in Co Kerry, along with Lecarrow School in Co Roscommon will reopen this week as state-run Community National Schools.

The schools, which have under 15 pupils each, have taken the decision in part to ensure their continued survival, according to a report by RTÉ News.

They will now provide a multi-belief and values programme, as opposed to a Catholic one.

Preparation for the sacraments, such as Communion and Confirmation, will take place outside school hours.

In Northern Ireland, of the 65 integrated schools, 25 `transformed’ from other sectors, none of which were in the Catholic sector.

Now two Catholic schools are trying to go through the process.

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