First joint patronage primary school to open in the Irish Republic

The first primary school in the Irish Republic to be established under the joint patronage of the Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland will open in September.Gaelscoil an tSlí Dála in Ballaghmore, Borris in Ossory, Co Laois, will operate along inter-denominational lines, with pupils receiving some shared religious education and separate instruction in the sacraments.

Bishop Michael Mayes, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, and Bishop Willie Walsh, Roman Catholic Bishop of Killaloe say they hope the move will ensure children in the area are now able to receive a Christian primary school education through Irish.