Cork Isn’t Near Dublin and Ireland Isn’t British

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If you use location based services then you've probably found yourself being "located" miles from where you actually are.

Killeagh County Cork is not "near Dublin", but Facebook was convinced that it was all weekend ..

Irish people are not "British".

Ireland is not part of the United Kingdom either.

Geographically the island is part of the British Isles, though I don't often hear people talking about it in that manner.

So if an Irish company or person fails the British media will refer to them as being Irish, but when they're a success they get labelled as "British".

Funny that.

Or is that they're just ignorant?

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8 Responses to Cork Isn’t Near Dublin and Ireland Isn’t British

  1. Gordon March 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    If Andy Murray loses at tennis he is Scottish, if he wins he is British. Its always the same.

  2. Kevin Murphy March 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    The British media never in my experience refers to Irish people as “British”. I’d love to know how you formed that opinion.

    Unless they’re referring to people from Norn Iron of course. But even then they would not refer to them as Irish — they’d be British or Northern Irish.

    As Gordon says, the Scotch are a whole different matter.

  3. Damien March 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    One thing I find that happens with FB is if I use my mobile in Dublin, it then retains that detail when I’m on other devices and in other areas. So I can be posting from a computer at home in Donegal, and it will say “near Dublin” unless I either post from my mobile in Donegal, or explicitly change it. The same then counts in reverse when I’m back in Dublin.

  4. Gordon March 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Mmm the UK press do refer to people from NI as Irish quite often. See this story about Frank Carson:

    “Irish funnyman died surrounded by family at his home in Blackpool”

    “The Irishman, famed for his catchphrases….”

  5. Kevin Murphy March 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I’d say it’s the exception rather than the rule. The Daily Mail ain’t the most reliable rag in the world.

    Besides, Carson was one of the good guys. Following Michele’s logic, he should have been referred to as “British”.

  6. Eoin March 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    As far as I know, the Irish state does not accept that the island of Ireland is in the British Isles 😉

  7. Volker July 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Well Facebook is a US company. Probably someone there looked on the map and thought: “Close enough”

  8. Nigel Roberts July 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Irrespective of whether it is in the British *Isles* or not, the State (that is to say the Republic of Ireland) is incontrovertibly NOT in the British Islands.

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