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McIlroy’s star rises – transcending questions of religion and politics

Writing in the New York Times, Niall Stanage discusses how one of the most exciting young prospects in the golfing world reflects the changing nature of Northern Ireland.

Rory McIlroy shows off the trophy after winning the U.S. Open Championship.
Rory McIlroy shows off the trophy after winning the U.S. Open Championship.
Image: Larry French/AP/Press Association Images

RORY MCILROY, one of the most exciting young prospects in the world of golf, gained worldwide acclaim after finishing with a record score in this year’s US Open.

The 22-year-old from County Down shares similar experiences with that of another sporting great, Barry McGuigan; both men have been faced with the question of how to deflect issues of religion and community under the public eye – but, notably, in different eras.

Writing in the New York Times this week, Niall Stanage explores how changing times in Northern Ireland are reflected in two of its most famous sons:

Read Niall Stanage’s piece: Northern Ireland’s McIlroy Transcends Boundaries >

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