Update for our American viewers from Ireland, Europe

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | November 4, 2014 1

ireland-businessWe know Americans are not good on Geography only 6% of them actually have passports and travel outside the US and Canada. Many people might be confused about exactly what the differences are between Great Britain, the United Kingdom and Britain and Ireland, but a US TV presenter just took the confusion to a new level. Joe Kerner, co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box show, seemed to be genuinely astounded to learn that:

Ireland uses the euro

Scotland uses sterling

Northern Ireland uses sterling

Ireland is not part of the UK

Martin Shanahan, in charge of Ireland’s foreign investment agency, was the unlucky man caught in the crossfire. When he corrected Kerner’s assertion that Scotland was “sort of the same, same island” as Ireland, and clarified that Northern Ireland had a different currency to the Republic, the host basically gave up, exclaiming “it is just too confusing”.

If this all seems bit too confusing itself, the segment came in an interview on whether Ireland’s tax policy was behind its tradition of producing good golfers. Right…

You can watch the whole cringeworthy segment below:

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In 1898, to widespread bemusement, a small Provincial Newspaper in an equally small town in the South West corner of Ireland sonorously warned the Czar of Russia that it knew what he was up to and he should be careful how he proceeded for “The Skibbereen Eagle” was wise to his game and in future would be keeping its eye on him! It is doubtful that Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias, even noticed the Eagle’s admonitions but as history soon proved he should have paid closer attention to the Eagle’s insightful opinions!

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