Irish language snobbery, exam snobbery, games snobbery and worst of all having a boyfriend snobbery - just a few of the types of snobbery encountered by Maeve Binchy during her school days.

'Snobbery Irish Style' was a programme which delved into snobbery and the class system in Ireland, past and present. The programme was presented and produced by Seán MacReamoinn in 1970.

In this extract we hear a young Maeve Binchy talking about snobbery between English and Irish girls in her school.

In our school there was a real snobbery which was based between the English girls and the Irish girls. I went to school in a convent in Dublin which was composed of west Britain girls and us plain Irish and there was an enormous snobbery between us all.

Binchy describes the different kinds of snobbery that existed in the school – Irish language snobbery, exam snobbery, games snobbery and worst of all having a boyfriend snobbery.

As a result of her school experiences Maeve Binchy decided she would 

wage a long war against snobbery evermore.

Snobbery Irish Style was first broadcast on 17 May 1970.