A new initiative to combat prejudice against the Irish in Britain has been set up to work with schools. Called Irish People in Schools, it is the brainchild of Northern Irish children's author, Shaun Traynor and his wife, Ursula O'Reilly. It will operate by inviting successful Irish people in Britain into schools to talk to children and young people about their contribution and that of other Irish people to British society.
"The aim is to provide first and second generation Irish children with role models of successful Irish people and to break down prejudice against the Irish by reminding British children of the contribution made by Irish people in all walks of life in Britain," says Shaun Traynor. The videotaped visits will form an archive illustrating how the Irish are now perceived in Britain. The project is funded by the Irish fund of Great Britain so there is no cost to schools.
Details from: Shaun Traynor at IPIS, 60 Meadow Road, London SW8 1PP. Tel: 0171-582 2731.