I need to convert multiple paragraphs to a single line in php

In doing so, I need to strip out all <p> tags and convert all </p> tags to \n I am using a CMS with a calendar, but the ical export, while replacing the </p> with \n isn't putting it all on one line.

here is the code i have originally:
$description = strip_tags(str_ireplace('<br />', '\n', $this->getDescription()));

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which was for <br /> I need it to do this for <br /> and </p> AND put it all on one line, no carriage returns.
acprog2Asked:
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svgmucConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You're saving the result in a variable, and then get it again from the object instance.

$description = trim( preg_replace( '/\s+/', ' ', $this->getDescription() ) );

$description = strip_tags(str_ireplace(array('\r','</p>','<br />'), '\n', $description()));
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svgmucCommented:
$description = str_ireplace('<br />', '\n', $this->getDescription());
$description = strip_tags(str_ireplace('</p>', '\n', $description));
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acprog2Author Commented:
half way. now i need the output on a single line. with the \n in place of the br and p tags.
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acprog2Author Commented:
ok I have come up with this:
$description = trim( preg_replace( '/\s+/', ' ', $this->getDescription() ) );

$description = strip_tags(str_ireplace(array('\r','</p>','<br />'), '\n', $this->getDescription()));

both line work, but not together. the first puts everything on one line, the second replaces my tags properly. but my script is only respecting the second line if both are there, and the first if the second is commented out.
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Lukasz ChmielewskiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
How about
$description = trim( preg_replace( '/\s+/', ' ', $this->getDescription() ) );
$description = strip_tags(str_ireplace(array('\r','</p>','<br />'), '\n', $description));
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svgmucCommented:
yeah, sorry, forgot to remove the parentheses
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acprog2Author Commented:
Thanks, both of you.
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