Sunday 18 November 2018

How about giving an honour to a lavatory attendant who has provided a sparkling convenience to unnamed numbers of tired shoppers in need of relief?

Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Wasn't it lovely to see the actor Gabriel Byrne dressed up in academic togs as he was conferred with an honorary degree at Galway University? He is now a Doctor of Arts, in recognition of his services to the performing arts and because of his family link with Co Galway -- his mother having been from Oranmore.

Yes, Mr Byrne is a most suitable person on whom to confer such a doctorate: an exceptionally accomplished actor who has brought honour to his native land. My only quibble is that it is a great pity that this is virtually the only way Ireland can confer honours on its citizens.

Virtually alone in Europe -- Switzerland being the only other nation in this category -- there is no way in which an Irish citizen can receive a national honour except by an extra university degree.

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