Ian O'Doherty: There was an Irishman...
We tend to be a rather thin-skinned lot, the Irish.
If people don't go out of their way to tell us what a great little country we are as they tickle our tummies, we get all huffy and defensive.
In fact, the only people more prickly about any perceived slight against us are those Irish people who live abroad. People like Niall O'Dowd.