SO LAST NIGHT the Scissor Sisters played a show at The Olympia in Dublin.
There was a small kerfuffle about it on Twitter (where else?) when singer Ana Matronic apparently referred to this country as being part of the British Isles.
She said that people had come ‘from all over the British Isles’ to see the band and included Ireland in that grouping.
There were some quick interjections that Ana was in fact correct, and that Ireland is geographically part of the British Isles.
She waded in herself:
Still though, the term British Isles just doesn’t sit well with some people, so we decided to ask an expert for a definitive answer.
Step up Professor Peter Coxon, Head of Geography at Trinity College Dublin.
He told TheJournal.ie that geographically Ms Matronic is correct, and when he consulted an Atlas right before our eyes (well, ears. He was on the phone) it said that Ireland is situated in the British Isles.
However Professor Coxon said that it is still a contentious issue, and that the term most commonly used these days would be ‘Great Britain and Ireland’.
He said it’s a problem he has had personal experience with:
We wrote a book on glacial sediments and the working title was ‘Glacial Sediments in the British Isles’. However the Irish publishers recommended changing it and the eventual title was ‘Glacial Sediments in Great Britain and Ireland’.
Professor Coxon concluded that there really is no definitive answer, and that it depends on one’s perspective.
So there you have it. We’re all right. Kiss and make up and take your mama out all night. Or watch this.