‘These islands’


A chara, – Dr Daire Keogh, president of St Patrick’s College, is quoted as saying of the new St Patrick’s campus of Dublin City University: “There will be nothing in the British Isles and practically nothing in Europe that would compare to us in terms of scale” (“Churches unite at St Patrick’s teacher training college in Drumcondra”, February 2nd). It is surprising that Dr Keogh uses the dated term “British Isles”. British and Irish diplomats studiously avoided the term in the complex Anglo-Irish negotiations. The British Lions tours have become an embarrassing memory. Even that High Tory, Sir John Biggs-Davison, recognised the political implications of the term and proposed the use of “Islands of the North Atlantic” as a substitute. I would suggest that Dr Keogh should confine himself to the happy compromise of “in these islands”. – Is mise,


Baile Átha Cliath 5.