Ireland woke up yesterday morning to some positive news for once, with the revelation that actor Cillian Murphy had become the first Irish-born actor to win a 'Best Actor' Oscar.

(We only say 'Irish-born' as Daniel Day-Lewis, who is an Irish citizen but was born in the UK, previously won the Oscar for his role in 'My Left Foot'.)

It's fair to say that our sense of national pride was at a high, considering Murphy is not only a fantastic actor but seems like a good egg and even referred to himself as a 'proud Irishman' in his acceptance speech.

So it stands to reason that Jonathan Ross attempting to claim Murphy as British and not Irish has caused quite a kerfuffle.

The TV and radio presenter made the faux-pas while presenting ITV1's coverage of the Oscars, grouping the Cork native in when talking about British actors and referring to Murphy as a 'British star' at one point.

This is not the first time that this has happened, of course; there is a famous clip of Murphy stopping an interviewer mid-question to correct him on his nationality.

Needless to say, the backlash has been mighty...