In the run-up to Rory McIlroy's wedding to Erica Stoll, media anticipation was high, especially among the Irish press. Several articles speculated about the food, guests, entertainment and, of course, the location: Ashford Castle.
On Tuesday Michael O'Doherty, an Irish newspaper columnist, ripped McIlroy and Stoll for denying the press more access to the wedding. O'Doherty wrote, in part: "No photos, no interviews, even guests were told not to bring mobile phones lest any of them be tempted to put a photo or two up on social media. It’s obsessive secrecy such as this that makes you wonder if Rory, by all accounts a sensible and polite person, has disappeared up his own backside when it comes to his biggest day."
Many readers (including one outspoken ex-Ryder Cup teammate) did not agree with O'Doherty.
HUGE respect for @McIlroyRory not selling his wedding or any wedding pics! Some things are best just kept private! Hope they had a belter!— KP (@KP24) April 25, 2017
@Independent_ie 'Rory had a chance to do just that last weekend and blew it' - are you serious? It was HIS wedding day, not the public's or the medias!— Glenn Lovell (@GlennLovell) April 25, 2017
What a ridiculous argument.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 25, 2017
Rory kept the most special private day of his life private - good for him. https://t.co/8K9rlzknQO