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10 Things That Insult Irish People THE MOST

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Ah yes, we Irish people are gentle and loving. But there is no doubt these ten things are a sure-fire way to insult Irish people the most. 

Earlier today I posted “What annoys an Irish person the most? ☘️ this post on my Facebook page

Within an hour, I had over 500 comments, haha, so I guess it was not only me who had these issues. 

Today I took the main points and put them into this list of ten things that insult Irish people the most. 

10 Things that insult Irish people the most

  1. “What part of the UK is that?” Being thought of as British or from the UK! It amazes me still how, even in this day and age, people still think Ireland is in the UK. And question any Irish person about this, you will hear all about it very quickly. In fact, I remember being in the Cook Islands when I told someone I was from Ireland. They asked, “What part of the UK is that?” Needless to say, I did not take their answer too well, haha. 
  2. “Happy St Patty’s day!” – Ohhhh, do not say this! This is by far one of the quickest ways to insult Irish people. 
  3. The clover and the shamrock – Yes, I know I have even mistakenly put a clover on an image once or twice. Don’t worry; you will be quickly reminded! Shamrock vs four leaf clover the differences
  4. “Being asked to say 33 and a 1/3” Haha, oh my, I actually have heard this many times on my travels. It really does happen! 
  5. Been poured a pint of Guinness in a Bulmers/Magners glass – If you run an Irish bar and you pour a pint of Guinness in a cider glass, be prepared for outrage! There is nothing worse. Well, except the bars being closed completely, haha.
  6. “Oh, I’m Irish!” I was in a shop in New York when the teller asked where I was from. I said “Ireland”. She said, “nooo way! I’m Irish too!”. Delighted to meet a fellow Irishman, I asked, “what part?”. To which I got the disappointing response, “Well, my great grandmother was from Co. Cork, so somewhere around there”. Our conversation quickly ended thereafter, haha. Enjoy this supercut of every “I’m Irish” in movies. 
  7. When someone says “top of the morning to ya”, Please note nobody in Ireland says “top of the morning to ya”. 
  8. The idea that if you’re Irish, you are automatically addicted to alcohol.
  9. Bad Irish accents on TV – When actors from other countries play the part of an Irish person, their accents are so forced and so false.
  10. Others worth mentioning:
    When people ask me, “Do you know a Paddy Murphy from Belfast?” he works here in New York, … Whilst I’m in New York!!

    They think we all know each other…

    A compliment! We Irish don’t know what to do with ourselves when complimented.😂

    When you don’t salute a magpie 


Well, I hope you haven’t exploded from reading that list! It is certainly the best way to insult Irish people. 

What other things really piss you off? Comment below! 

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Tuesday 14th of February 2023

When I say the word cow in conversation in Australia ( which isn’t often ) no one understands what I’m talking about 😂

Greetings from European

Saturday 26th of March 2022

What i like from Irish people that ist : there proud who they are and love be Irish ! I was living next to Irish community in UK , my words about Irish people : Family , Strong Nationality, Builder's and Fighters , warm people ! Great People ! Imported people , great teachers ! Beautiful People :]

Irish Around The World

Wednesday 30th of March 2022

Happy to hear that :)

Barbara Fitzgerald

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

The Irish being stereotyped as being heaviest drinkers.

Diana Walker

Saturday 29th of May 2021

when I go home to visit and am asked "What part of America are you from?" Well, in the first place, would they even know America well enough to know where "from" is, and secondly they assume every one with a North American accent is "American" - Canada is never mentioned!!

Bill Stevens

Saturday 22nd of May 2021

The local beer and wine store has Guinness and other Irish products no shelves below a sign stating “United Kingdom”.

Irish Around The World

Saturday 22nd of May 2021

Oh yes seen that before when I was in Canada it's the worst.