Black, Jewish, from Ohio and three times World Step Dance Champion…

So whilst St Patrick’s Day is proving a severe test for the diversity challenge in Northern Ireland, in rural Ohio Irish culture finds little less difficulty in opening doors to new and diverse populations… Meet Drew Lovejoy, 17 years of age, from Greenville, three times world champion in Irish Dancing…

“I was like, ‘Yeah, right,’ ” his mother said, shaking her head. “You’re biracial and you’re a Jew. We thought you had to be Irish and Catholic.”

He said, “I was like, ‘I want a medal.’ ”

Only in America? Possibly.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty