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August 25, 1992|KATHLEEN KELLEHER

Although Los Angeles has long been home to many Irish immigrants, it has lacked an Irish consulate or center to orient new arrivals. Now there's help in the "Guide for the New Irish Arrival in Los Angeles."

The free booklet, written by Irish immigrants and published by the Emigration Assistance Coalition in Canoga Park, offers information that smacks of motherly advice along with pragmatic counsel on keeping a low profile and obtaining a green card or U.S. citizenship. There are also lists of Irish dance and sports clubs and pubs.

Under "No Need for Paranoia," it advises: "A foreign national without immigration status in Los Angeles is more likely to get hit by an auto than arrested by the INS."

* On driving: "Remember, driving in Los Angeles is not like driving in Ireland, and be particularly careful if you get a motorbike," a popular mode of transportation among young Irish.

* On Southern California sun: "Be careful not to get a serious sunburn. . . . Wear a hat and sunscreen."

* On earthquakes: "You can't sit around and wait for them to happen, but when you do feel one, you should know what to do." It follows with a list of preparations.

Booklets are available in most Irish import shops, Irish pubs and Catholic churches. Or contact: Emigration Assistance Coalition, 7657 Winnetka Avenue, Suite 454, Canoga Park, Calif. 91306. (818) 883-9324.

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