During the game they said Northern England. A slip of the tongue.
Then during a post match interview with Conor they apologised for the slip up, but then immediately started referring to Northern Ireland a couple of times. Conor corrected them by saying something like 'it's just Ireland'. So yes, it was about NI and ROI.
And yes I am picking fights with commentators. People often say "we get the politicians we deserve". Well I think it is the same with footy commentators.
In general the footy commentators we have are a disgrace, especially the 'special comments' guys who are usually retired players. They are supposed to provide special comments but they are ill prepared, make basic mistakes, they are inconsistent and contradictory and say things that don't make sense or are just plan wrong. They obviously do no research beyond the weeks headlines in the newspapers.
I don't expect them to be rocket scientists or know everything there is to know about the world. But if you are going to focus on a player's attribute (eg where they come from) by talking about it during an interview, then at least have a bit of a clue about what you are saying or talking about.