Looking some funny Irish jokes and jokes about Irish people? These ones are sure to get the whole pub laughing.
The Irish are known for their inherent sense of humour. Colloquially known as “the craic”, Irish humour is dry and sarcastic. It is meant with the best intentions, so it’s best not to take Irish humour and funny Irish jokes too seriously!
If you’re looking to fit in with the locals, check out these ten hilarious Irish jokes which will get the whole pub laughing.
IB4UD’s top tips for being funny & telling jokes in Ireland
- Irish humour often involves quick wit, clever wordplay, and a healthy helping of sarcasm, so try to incorporate these elements into your jokes.
- Pay attention to the local culture and current events in Ireland, as Irish people often find observational humour and regional quirks more relatable and engaging.
- Different regions in Ireland have their own unique humour and sensibilities. Be aware of whom you are joking with and adjust your jokes to avoid offending anyone.
- Mastering comedic timing and thinking of jokes off the top of your head is one of the best ways to be funny in Ireland. Being called “Quick” is one of the best compliments an Irish person can give. This compliment means that you are smart, as you can think of good quips quickly.
- Irish people generally appreciate self-deprecating humour. Light-hearted jokes about yourself often go down well and let people know that you’re sound.
10. The Guinness factory
This Irish joke would be best told in the pub over pints of the “black stuff” (aka Guinness); it merely highlights the Irish people’s love for the local stout.
One night, Mrs McMillen answers the door to see her husband’s best friend, Paddy, standing on the doorstep.
“Hello Paddy, where is my husband? He went with you to the beer factory.”
Paddy shakes his head. “Ah, Mrs McMillen, there was a terrible accident at the beer factory, your husband fell into a vat of Guinness and drowned.”
Mrs McMillen starts crying. “Oh don’t tell me that, did he at least go quickly?”
Paddy shakes his head. “Not really – he got out three times to pee!”
9. The empty glass
This is another of the top short and sweet funny Irish jokes that could be reenacted to a barman or told amongst friends and is bound to get a few laughs.
The barman says to Paddy, “Your glass is empty, fancy another one?”
Looking puzzled, Paddy says, “Why would I be needing two empty feckin’ glasses?”
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8. Sunday: a day of rest
Many people know that Sunday means a day of rest and in the countryside little opens. There are always a few exceptions, however. This Irish joke is sure to get a few laughs in the pub!
Liam had left Dublin to go up to Belfast for a bit of skydiving. Late on Sunday evening, he was found in a tree by a an amazed onlooker.
“What happened?” said the man.
Liam replied, “My parachute failed to open!”
“Well!” said the man, “if you had asked the locals before you jumped, they would have told you nothing opens here on a Sunday!”
7. A little trip-up
This is another one of the hilarious Irish jokes that will make everyone laugh for its simplicity and play on words! It’s another of the best jokes about Irish people too!
When Billy saw Paddy with one of his shoelaces undone, he said, “Watch you don’t trip up over your laces, Paddy.”
Paddy said, “Yeah, it’s these bloody instructions.”
Billy said, “What instructions, Paddy?”
Paddy replies, “Underneath the shoe, it says ‘Taiwan’.”
6. A light bulb goes off
If you’re looking for another one of our top hilarious Irish jokes, this is it!
Paddy and Murphy are working on a building site.
Paddy says to Murphy, “I’m gonna’ get the day off. I’m gonna’ pretend I’ve gone mad!”
So Paddy climbs up the rafters, hangs upside down, and shouts “I’m a light bulb, I’m a light bulb!” while Murphy watches in amazement.
The foreman shouts, “Paddy, go home. You’ve gone mad.”
As Paddy leaves the site, Murphy starts packing his kit up to leave as well.
“Where do you think you’re going?” asks the foreman.
“Well, I can’t work in the friggin’ dark!” said Murphy.
5. An answered prayer
This funny Irish joke will definitely get the whole pub in fits of giggles – you can thank us later!
An Irishman is struggling to find a parking space.
“Lord,” he prays, “I can’t stand this. If you open a space up for me, I swear I’ll give up the Guinness and go to mass every Sunday.”
Suddenly, the clouds part and the sun shines on an empty parking spot. Without hesitation, the Irishman says: “Never mind, I found one!”
4. Getting directions
The Irish are portrayed as being both great and terrible at giving directions, and if this Irish joke is anything to go by, it would be the latter!
Billy stops Paddy in Dublin and asks for the quickest way to Cork.
Paddy says, “Are you on foot or in the car?”
Billy says, “In the car.”
Paddy says, “That’s the quickest way.”
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3. The drunken priest
This laugh out loud Irish joke will ensure you make a good few friends in the pub this weekend!
An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut.
The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.
He says, “Sir, have you been drinking?”
“Just water,” says the priest.
The trooper says, “Then why do I smell wine?”
The priest looks at the bottle and says, “Good Lord! He’s done it again!”
2. A call from beyond the grave
This hilarious Irish joke is short and sweet, and packs quite a punch!
Gallagher opened the morning newspaper and was dumbfounded to read in the obituary column that he had died.
He quickly phoned his best friend, Finney. “Did you see the paper?” asked Gallagher, “They say I died!!”
“Yes, I saw it!” replied Finney, “Where are ye callin’ from?”
1. The doctor and a patient
No one wants to hear that they’ve not long to go, but this funny Irish joke will surely give people the giggles.
Dr O’Mahony tells his patient, “I have bad news and worse news, John.”
“Oh dear,” John replies, “What’s the bad news?”
The doctor says, “You only have 24 hours to live.”
“That’s terrible,” says the patient, “How can the terrible news possibly be worse?”
Dr O’Mahony replies, “I’ve been trying to contact you since yesterday.”
There you have it, our top ten funny Irish jokes! Which is your favourite and do you have any other Paddy jokes? And are you familiar with any of these hilarious Irish knock-knock jokes?
Some bonus Irish jokes
There are so many hilarious Irish jokes that we couldn’t finish this article with just ten. Here are a couple more!
- Sean and Paddy were at the bar when Paddy asked, “If you had to get one or the other would you rather get Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s?
Sean replied, ”Sure, I rather have Parkinson’s. ‘Tis better to spill a couple of ounces of whiskey than to forget where you keep the bottle!”
- What’s the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish funeral? There’s one less drunk at the party.
- What do you call a huge Irish spider? A Paddy-long-legs!
- Barry goes into a bar and orders one Guinness and seven shots of Tequila. The barman serves the shots and, when he’s finished pouring the Guinness, sees that Barry has finished the shots.
“Wow,” he said. “You drank those quickly!”
“I know,” replied Barry. “You would too if you had what I have.”
“What do you have?” asked the barman.
Barry digs in his pocket and pulls out 50 cents.
Your questions answered about Irish Jokes
If you still want to know more about Irish jokes, we’ve compiled some of our readers’ most frequently asked questions about the topic in the section below.
What are some short Irish jokes for adults?
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What are some short Irish jokes that are clean?
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