Island of Ireland
'Moving On' package - from printed version to internet version
Large number of downloads.
YAM member from Ireland
Loreto College joins YAM
New partners for the Project
Welcome to three new partners.
Attendance at Stavanger Conference
|Institutions in this country:|
|Dungannon Primary School|
|Holy Trinity Primary School|
|Monaghan Collegiate School|
|Southern Education & Library Board|
|St Patricks Primary School|
|Ulster American Folk Park/Centre for Migration Studies|
The island of Ireland has a long history of migration. One of the most active periods was the 17th century, when large numbers of English and Scottish Protestant settlers arrived in the northern part of Ireland.
During the 18th and 19th century, emigration predominated when people travelled mainly to the United States of America. This exodus was initially Protestant, but increasingly the Catholic population began to emigrate, reaching its peak during the Great Famine 1845-49. In the 20th century the number of emigrants to America declined, and England became the main destination.
Although there had been some immigration, mainly from Asia, in the last century, numbers of immigrants have begun to increase markedly in the last five years, especially from East Timor, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Hungary.
The long experience of migration history in Ireland, provides a sound basis for our pupils to empathise with recent immigrants.
Partly as a reflection of its earlier migration history the education system is often segregated on a religious basis. Most schools are either predominantly Catholic or predominantly Protestant, although in the past 20 years the Integrated Schools movement has increasingly encouraged the growth of non-denominational schools.
Pupils in Ireland change schools at age eleven to twelve years, and remain in full-time education until the age of 16, and usually until 18 years of age.
Project partners and members
The group of schools involved in the project represent a wide cross-section of the education system, including schools from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Protestant and Catholic Schools, and primary and post-primary schools. In the Republic of Ireland we have Loreto College, a girls Catholic post-primary school and Monaghan Collegiate, a Protestant, mixed gender post-primary school.
In Northern Ireland there are three partners, St. Patrick's Primary School,Dungannon, Holy Trinity Primary School, and Dungannon Primary School. These three schools have received some of the largest numbers of immigrant chiildren in Northern Ireland.
Another partner is The Southern Education and Library Board,one of 5 local education authorities in Northern Ireland. A new Northern Ireland Unit [The Inclusion and Diversity Service] has now been established to work with schools to address issues related to immigrant pupils.
The island of Ireland group is co-ordinated by the Ulster American Folk Park/Centre for Migration Studies in Omagh, Northern Ireland. The Folk Park is an open air museum of emigration from Ireland to America and is supported by the Centre for Migration Studies which has a comprehensive archive of emigration related books and periodicals and digitised primary sources. The Folk Park's special interest in this Project is in the area of citizenship and the use of our past history to enable us to develop respect, tolerance and empathy with and between the varied communities in Ireland, whether they are recent arrivals or long established setters.