Jumping through hoops to save a doomed boarding school. By turning it into a coed day school…

Cistercian College in Roscrea is to remain open against the odds after the trustees of the historic boarding school voted in favour of a rescue package put together by parents and past-pupils. More than €1.5 million to cover the fee-paying school’s operating shortfall and help it become financially independent into the future has been pledged.

The decision to reverse last month’s closure revelation was made by the Cistercian Order, led by Abbot Dom Richard Purcell, after an intensive campaign led by a specially-formed action group which concentrated on coming up with funding to plug an operating shortfall, as well as new ideas to boost pupil numbers.

The Co Offaly boarding school will, from September, be accepting day-boarders (who will go home every night) and five-day boarders for the first time in its 112 year-history. While a suggestion from some quarters to enrol girls has not yet been acted upon, it is likely that this will happen in the years to come.

Irish Times