The whole argument on the BBC is nothing to do with sectarianism. It was a kinda half joke that got out of hand. Technically speaking Rory ( and all ni golfers) play for ireland as a whole. As the Irish golf union take care of both the north and south. The comment was "even if he's got a uk passport he still plays golf for ireland)
Some folk took it a bit to heart.
It's a bit like Andy Murray. english when he wins and Scottish when he loses.
Right. I was bagging on another American poster for a non-sequitir that was racist.
Relating to the Irish political troubles, however, I am curious. I haven't talked to any 'actual' Irish folks about this. I have a sister who married an Irish man (from County Kildare - and I was best man in the wedding which was over there. Talk about an experience!) and I haven't talked to her husband since the win. Wonder how he feels and the sense he has of how it's being viewed over there.