Why do Irish institutions still call themselves ‘royal’?

Ireland“It is puzzling that despite Irish independence since 1922, several of our major academies and institutions have maintained royal status. Why do some Irish cling to the old colonial order? Among those that retain obsolete royal identities are the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), Royal Dublin Society (RDS), and the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) …” (more)

[Marion McEnroy-Higgins, Irish Times, 26 September]

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