The parents at a school in Limerick have voted overwhelmingly against changing the date of their children’s First Holy Communion in order to facilitate allowing some children to attend One Direction’s concert in Croke Park next summer.

A number of parents at Raheen Gaelscoil in the city had objected to the May 24th date because of the clash and the school held a ballot of parents overnight to decide the issue.

The school released a statement today with the following update: "Further to requests from a small number of parents to change the planned date of May 24 next for the reception of Holy Communion for the first time for our 2nd Class pupils, Gaelscoil an Ráithín, in order to reach the fairest outcome for all concerned, balloted parents overnight on this matter.

"The result of that ballot has been overwhelmingly in favour of retaining the original date. Staff, parents and children of Gaelscoil an Ráithín look forward to preparing for this very special celebration next May."

According to The Irish Independent, pupils were sent home with a note about a ballot that would take place among the parents of the 30 or so children affected.

The decision to ballot was taken when a meeting failed to come up with a solution or an unanimous decision to settle on an alternative date of May 3.

One Direction will play three concerts in Croke Park from May 23rd to 25th inclusive as part of their Where We Are tour and the gigs sold out within minutes of going on sale.