A number of parishes in Dublin moved their Communion masses to today ahead of tighter restrictions around worship, which will come in force at midnight.

Under the new rules, religious services will move online.

However, there were plenty of smiles on show from the pupils of Scoil Maelruain in Tallaght, Dublin as they made their communion today.

It originally been due to take place in May, but Covid-19 intervened.

It was then scheduled for tomorrow, but the impending restrictions meant a last-minute change.

Parent Alison Howlett said it was all very rushed, but that she was glad that the Communion went ahead and was not postponed again. 

The mass was celebrated with strict social distancing measures in place.

Fr Michael Hurley, the parish priest for Old Bawn and Bohernabreena, said the decision to move the mass to today was done with the children in mind. 

"If we were to leave in until tomorrow, it could be one month, maybe two before we would celebrate again," Fr Hurley said. 

He said it was all about removing the uncertainty and anxiety the children may have been feeling. 

A spokesperson for the Dublin Archdiocese said that some, but not many, parishes did try to accommodate Communions today. 

The exact number though was not known. The spokesperson said the other parishes will reschedule theirs as soon as Level 3 restrictions end. 

For the families of those making their Communions in Dublin today though, the Covid-19 restrictions have meant any planned parties have had to be scaled back or postponed. 

Parent Karl Halligan said a big family dinner was planned for tomorrow, but that has now been put on the backburner.  

The escalation to Level 3 in the capital now means religious services will move online, although places of worship can remain open for individual prayer.