Three 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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