The oldest school in the country, St Patrick's Cathedral Choir School is Dublin, is publicly looking for new pupils for the next school year, after Covid-19 restrictions hampered its normal recruitment process.

The school caters to children from third class upwards with an interest in music.

Pupils attend normal school classes and music rehearsals, as well as singing daily services in the cathedral.

The school usually recruits by visiting other schools but the pandemic has meant it can no longer carry out such visits.

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According to the school's Master of the Music, Stuart Nicholson, the choirs - particularly the boys' one - need constant recruitment as children move through the school.

Last September there were just three new recruits into third class, despite the aim being for ten.

Founded in 1432, the choir school is now a two-teacher, co-educational school under the patronage of the Church of Ireland providing education to pupils from third to sixth class.

St Patrick's is the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland but applications to join the school, from both boys and girls, are open from people of all denominations or none.