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Gareth Harper has introduced some young people to new sports

Gareth Harper has introduced some young people to new sports

Breaking walls: Gareth Harper of the Peace Players working with some young people he has introduced to new sports

Breaking walls: Gareth Harper of the Peace Players working with some young people he has introduced to new sports

Gareth Harper has introduced some young people to new sports

Peace comes dropping slow, but there is a sense that - even just one week on from members of East Belfast GAA being told to check underneath their vehicles for suspect devices - we are getting there.

The evidence was there in Croke Park yesterday when Gareth Harper delivered a talk about the work of Peace Players International as part of the annual GAA Museum Summer School. The theme this year is around 'Sport, Peace, and Reconciliation'.

Peace Players International have been working over the last two decades, breaking down misconceptions and barriers in Belfast, but their story began with brothers Brendan and Sean Tuohey, two basketball fanatics from the salubrious Shepherd Park area of Washington DC.