Skip to comments.New atlas lets Ireland slip shackles of Britain
Posted on 10/03/2006 6:49:35 AM PDT by aculeus
IT MAY be 57 years too late for many an Irish republican, but yesterday Folens, the publishers, said it was introducing a more correct version of its school atlas that would no longer include Ireland as part of the British Isles.
The decision, according to The Irish Times, was taken after Mary Hanafin, the Republics Education Minister, received a complaint from a parent. She advised the writer to take the matter up with the teacher who was using the dated atlas in question, and with the company that published it.
A spokesman for the Irish Embassy in London said: The British Isles has a dated ring to it, as if we are still part of the Empire. We are independent, we are not part of Britain, not even in geographical terms. We would discourage its useage.
John OConnor, managing director of Folens, said that no final decision had yet been taken as to what would replace the British Isles title in the relevant section, but it might be simply Ireland and England although that would risk the wrath of the Scots and the Welsh.
How about "Them" Islands?
Chalk one up for the Fenians!
But this is a better atlas. One that doesn't have anything to do with geography. blblblblblblblblblb.
Next up, Haiti and the Dominican Republic will be separated alphabetically with the ocean covering each other on the appropriate page.
How do they feel about the British Channel?
Does this mean we can send all the Irish back?
Ask the French.
<< How do they feel about the British Channel?
Ask the French >>
The French have letters.
The channel's English.
The British Isles is a geographical term and does include Ireland. How silly!
Actually to the French it's "La Manche" -- the sleeve. But I bet you already knew that.
I don't have a problem with this archipelago being called the 'British Isles' - seeing as Great Britain is the largest island in the group. Plus, no one has really come up with a snappy alternative! ;)
Ireland is not part of Britain.
So it shouldn't be considered as the British Isles, IMO.
BTW...when I hear people talking about the UK as the 'Mainland' drives me a bit dull as well.
Must be the rebel in me :)
***Plus, no one has really come up with a snappy alternative! ;)***
How about "Ireland and those other places."
I don't blame you, given recent history, but I thought the term 'British Isles' for the archipelago pre-dated the Empire by a loooong way. 'Great Britain' itself is a comparatively recent name, barely 200 years old.
In AD70, Pliny the Elder wrote Albion ipsi nomen fuit, cum Britanniae, ie that all the islands of Albion were known as the Britannias. He included what is now Great Britain and Ireland. Ptolemy also included Britain and Ireland as part of the same group.
Anyway, I guess more recent history trumps the older names.
I dunno what the island group should be called, so.
Those north of the border can call it that if they wish, we can southerners can call it what we like! :-P
And South America and Central America are not part of the United States of America. Should they have to come up with new names?
Or "Them islands always arguing!" :-P
That entered my head, too. Good point!
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