HERE WE go again.
For some exasperating reason, every time an Irish person-- be they an actress, sports star or musician-- makes the headlines, UK newspapers are quick to claim them as their own.
Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, Katie Taylor and countless other exceptional Irish people have been claimed as British by UK media in the past, and it was only a matter of time before it happened to the phenomenon that is Normal People.
Written by an Irish author, set in Ireland with a majority Irish cast and crew, with the characters going to the Debs and doing their Leaving Cert and sinking pints in a rural Sligo pub, it's practically impossible to mistake this as being anything other than Irish-- but the British newspapers have managed it anyway.
The Daily Mail claimed that the Kildare actor "lead the British Emmy nominees"...
...while The Guardian wrote that there was a "strong showing for British talent including Paul Mescal nominated for Normal People"-- also claiming that Dubliner Andrew Scott is British.
While, sadly, we should be used to this by now, the fact that this happens every time an Irish person makes the headlines has made people more annoyed each time.
Limerick entertainer Blindboy Boatclub of the Rubberbandits said "It's pure and utter colonial ignorance.
"Irish simply means British to some English people, and they've never had to think about why it isn't."
Once again, Benjamin Lee (I assume) knows these people are Irish. He knows Ireland isn’t British. But he thinks this is sort-of kind-of accurate, just as a zebra is sort-of kind-of a horse.
— 🥃Donald Clarke🎥 (@DonaldClarke63) July 28, 2020
Galway actress Nicola Coughlan of Derry Girls fame asked "Why is this still happening in 2020?
"Just stop calling Irish people British, there's no excuse."
As Irish Twitter went into meltdown with the newest annoyance, Normal People's Paul Mescal, whose Emmy nomination caused the storm, decided to set the record straight.
He wrote simply: "I'm Irish."-- and the blunt reply has so far garnered over 121,000 likes.
Until next time then...