^I found the weight that people on DS were placing on the poster's comments surprising. Perhaps he's someone who has been proven right in the past, I don't know (I'm not a regular there and only visited after the link was published here) or is known to have connections in the BBC.
But even still, they made the automatic deduction that 'Non-British' automatically equalled Irish, which (being Irish) is flattering but somewhat narrow-minded. There was a lot of putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 (or 50). And O'Dowd has to be a very unlikely suggestion for the reasons already listed above.