A Limerick priest is appealing to churches around the country to sell their unwanted gold items to help pay for a teacher at a Moyross primary school.
Father Tony O'Riordan says the Department of Education had cut funding for a teaching post at Corpus Christi primary school, which would lead to the merger of two junior infants classes.
The move would have left 32 pupils to one teacher in the disadvantaged school.
Moyross Parish Priest, Fr O'Riordan, said: "We have secured, from a donation, salary for a month, but we don't have any salary beyond that.
"So we are coming up with an appeal to churches and religious groups up and down the country who may have gold objects that are not used and are stored away.
"They may consider disposing of those and converting them into cash and forwarding that cash onto us so that these children can get the education that is their right."