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31 Of The Best Irish Jokes (That Are Actually Funny)

31 Of The Best Irish Jokes (That Are Actually Funny)

If you’re in need of some funny Irish jokes, the ones below should give you a giggle!

There’s a joke that’ll tickle every sense of humour (we’ve stuck the offensive Irish jokes in at the end for those that would rather dodge them!).

Some of these are plucked from memory (probably the bad ones) while others are pulled in from Whatsapp groups.

We also popped out a question to our 260,000+ Instagram followers (@instaireland) asking them what they thought were the best Irish jokes, so we’ve popped in suggestions from there, too.


The best Irish jokes I’ve heard this year

best short irish jokes

So, what someone deems as funny Irish jokes is subjective – i.e. what I think is gas, you might think is crap.

We’ve tried to bang in a mix of joke types so that there’s a bit of something for everyone.

Have any short Irish jokes for adults that you want to share? Lash it into the comments section at the end of this article!

1. The next flat up

a joke amongst drunken pals

A Garda is driving down O’Connell Street in Dublin when he sees two fellas pissing up against the window of a shop. He parks the car and runs over to them.

He asks the first fella for his name and address. The man replies, ‘I’m Paddy O’Toole of no fixed abode.’

The Garda turns to the second fella and asks the same question.

He replies, ‘I’m Ben Riordain, and I live in the flat above Paddy!'”


2. Delirrrrrah

best irish jokes

Anto’s missus was in the Rotunda Hospital, ready to give birth to their first child.

When they arrived, the nurse asked, ‘How dilated is she, sir?’.

Anto replied, ‘Delighted? She’s over the fu*king moon!‘”


3. Sheep (a potentially offensive Irish joke…)

an irish farmer joke

Disclaimer: I left the majority of the more offensive Irish jokes to the end, but one of the lads sent me this in a text and I thought it was gas (Irish slang for funny)!

“What do you call a fella from Dundalk with 400 girlfriends? A farmer!”


4. Ordering a pint

irishman joke

“‘Sorry, love, can I have a pint of Guinness and a packet of crisps where you’re ready there’.

Oh. You must be Irish‘, she replied. The man was evidently offended and responded, ‘The cheek, just because I order a pint of Guinness you assume I’m Irish.

If I ordered a bowl of pasta would you that make me Italian?!’

‘No’ she replied. ‘But this is a newsagents…‘”


5. Feeling himself

best short irish jokes

Sheamus drops into the local pub on the way back home from visiting the doctor. ‘What’s the story?’ Paddy asks when he sees the look on Sheamus’s face.

I haven’t been feeling myself lately‘, Sheamus replied. ‘That’s good’ says Paddy. ‘Sure you’d be arrested for less!'”


6. Flies in a pint

a flay in the pint

This is one of the many Irish stereotype jokes that’s flying around, but unlike many it isn’t exactly offensive.

“An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman wander into a little old pub in Kildare. They each ask the barman for a pint of Guinness. After the pints are placed onto the bar, three bluebottles drop into each man’s freshly poured pint.

The Englishman pushes his pint away in disgust and orders up another. The Scot reaches in and plucks the fly out.

The Irishman reaches in, picks the fly out, holds it up close to his face and shouts, “Spit it out you little b*stard.””


7. More sheep…

irish jokes for adults

Yes, this is another potentially offensive and dirty Irish joke involving sheep.

Scroll down if you’re easily offended.

An Irish farmer was walking along the boundary between his and his neighbour’s fields when he spotted his neighbour carrying 2 sheep in his arms.

‘Tony’, he called. ‘Are you going to shear those sheep’. ‘I am not’, the neighbour replied, ‘They’re both for me‘.”


8. Legal advice

a joke about a lawyer

An English lawyer was sat with his Irish client. ‘Marty’ he sighed, ‘Why is it that whenever you ask an Irishman a question, he replies with another question?’

‘Bollocks. Who told you that?’ asked Marty.”


9. Death by Guinness

too much guinness

This is one of the best Irish jokes that I’ve come across recently.

It’s been doing the rounds on WhatsApp for a while, but hopefully it’ll give you a laugh.

“It was a cold Friday evening when the doorbell rang is Mrs Molloy’s house. When she answered the door, Pat Glynn, her husband’s manager at the brewery, was stood on the doorstep.

‘Pat. Hello. Where’s my husband? He should have been home from work 3 hours ago?’ The man sighed. ‘I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, Mrs Molloy, but there was an accident over in the brewery. Your husband fell into a vat of Guinness and drowned’.

‘Oh my God’ she replied. ‘Please tell me it was quick?!’ ‘Well… no. It wasn’t. He climbed out 4 times to take a p*ss‘.”


10. Ten shots, please

irish drinking jokes

Ben walked into the local bar all a fluster and ordered seven shots of Irish whiskey and a pint of Smwithicks. When the barman arrived back with the pint, all of the shots of whiskey had been drunk.

‘Ah here, you drank those very quickly‘ said the barman. ‘Well’ says Ben, ‘If you had what I had you’d drink them quickly, too’.

‘Shite’ replied the barman ‘What do you have?’ ‘A tenner’ replied Ben.”


11. Digging holes

digging trees

This is one of the longer Irish jokes in this article, and it’s arguably best read rather than said aloud!

“Two Irish lads were working for the local county council. One lad would dig a hole and the other lad would follow him and fill the hole in.

They worked up along one street and then down the other. They then moved to the next street and did the same, working flat out all day without stopping.

One lad digging the holes. The other lad filling them in.

A passerby saw what they were doing and was amazed at the hard work, but couldn’t understand what they were at.

So, he shouted over to the lad digging the holes, ‘I don’t get it – why do you dig a hole, only for the other lad to fill it in?’

The lad wiped his brow and sighed deeply, ‘Well, I suppose it probably does looks a bit odd. You see, we’re normally a three-man team. But today the lad who plants the trees phoned in sick.'”


12. Catholics or Pedestrians?

a joke about a pedestrian

An Irishman was in New York patiently waiting to cross a busy street. There was a traffic cop manning the crossing.

The cop stopped after a few minutes and told those waiting to cross the road, ‘Okay pedestrians’, he said, ‘Let’s go’.

The Irishman stood waiting, growing more and more frustrated. After five minutes he shouted to the cop, ‘Here! The pedestrians crossed ages ago – when’s it time for the Catholics?!'”


Clean Irish jokes

leprechaun joke

Easily offended? Or looking for Irish jokes for kids? This section is just for you.

Below, you’ll find a handful of clean Irish jokes. If you do get offended by any of these, you need to get your noggin checked.

Related reads: See our guides to the best Irish toasts for drinks, weddings and more

1. The patio

patty joke

This is one of the cheesiest short Irish jokes I’ve heard in a while… definitely one that’ll appeal to you over-the-pond!

“Here’s one for you – What’s Irish and sits outside all day and night?

Patty O’Furniture!”


2. Two left feet

flip flops

“Did you hear about the fella from Mayo that was born with two left feet?

He went out the other day and bought some Flip Flips.”


3. Some bad news

corkman joke

“A man from Cork was in with his doctor. ‘Look, David. I’ve some bad news and some terrible news for you.’

‘God. What’s the bad news?!’, asked the patient. ‘Well’, replied the doctor, ‘You only have 3 days to live‘.

‘You’re joking’ says the patient. ‘How on earth can the news get any worse‘. ‘Well’, says the doctor, ‘I’ve been trying to get hold of you for the past 2 days’.”


4. A whaaa?

leprechaun joke

“What do you call an Irishman with a case of chickenpox?

A lepper-chaun.”


5. A bold dog

a bold pooch

Anto and his wife were lying in bed in their house in Dublin one Saturday morning. It was 8 o’clock and the neighbour’s dog was going mental.

‘Fe*k this’, shouted Anto as he ran out of the room.

He arrived back up the stairs ten minutes later. ‘What are you after doing?’ replied his wife. ‘I’ve put the little hoor in our garden. Let’s see how they like listening to him!'”


6. The bulletproof Irishman

rick o shea joke

This one is so bad it’s good…

“Right, what do you call a bulletproof Irishman? Rick-O-Shea…”


Bad Irish jokes

more corkman jokes

Some jokes can be so bad that they’re actually good. Emphasis on some.

There’s probably a handful of great bad Irish jokes below, along with some shite ones, too.

1. Leprechaun money lenders

Leprechaun jokes

“How come you can you never borrow a few quid from a leprechaun? Because they’re always a little short…


2. Tea time

spoon joke

“Three lads from Roscommon were getting paid to take part in a survey about tea drinking. One of the questions was ‘How do you stir sugar into your tea?’

‘I stir it in with my left hand’, replied the first lad. ‘I stir it in with my right’, replied the second.

‘I stir it in with a spoon’, replied the third.”


3. Bad breath

italian irish joke

“What does an Irishman get after eating a load of Italian food? Gaelic breath.”


4. The river

more corkman jokes

“Two lads were on opposite sides of the river Lee in Cork. ‘How do I get to the other side of the river?’, shouted one lad to the other.

Sure you’re on the other side‘, replied the second.”


5. Lawyers and bars

pub jokes

“Why are there only a handful of Irish lawyers in London? Because only a few of them could pass the bar.”


6. The cross-eyed teacher

clean irish jokes

“Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher in the national school in Westport? He resigned because he couldn’t control his pupils.”

7. A big spider

paddyman jokes

“What do you call a huge Irish spider? A Paddy-long-legs.”


8. Irish ghosts

irish ghost joke

“What do Irish ghosts drink on Halloween? BOOOOOOs.”

9. Chasing donkeys

a joke about donkeys

“A Cork man went for a job at the local stables. When he sat down for the interview, the farmer asked him ‘Have you ever shoed horses?’

The Cork man thought about this for a couple of minutes and replied, ‘No, but i once told a donkey to get f*cked‘.”


Dirty Irish Jokes

funny irish jokes

OK – none of these jokes are going to be overly filthy, because this is a site for all the family.

Also… my Mam visits this website, and I don’t want her disowning me!

1. Two Irishmen at a funeral

drinking jokes

“Two Irishmen were walking out of a funeral. One turns to the other and says, ‘It was a beautiful ceremony, wasn’t it?!’

‘It was’, replied the friend. ‘Listen – when I die, will you pour a decent bottle of whiskey over my grave, as a toast?’.

‘I will’, says the friend. ‘But would you mind if I run it through my kidneys first?'”


2. All bunged up

Irish doctor joke

“A lad from Clare went to his local doctor with cramps from constipation. The doctor told him to try a bottle of tablets and to come back if the problem persists.

A week later the lad comes back. ‘We’ll, are you feeling any better?’, asked the doctor. ‘No’, the man replied. ‘Was I definitely meant to shove them up my arse?'”


3. A slightly offensive Irish joke

offensive Irish joke

“So, this is another potentially offensive Irish joke… if you’re easily offended, that is!

What’s the difference between a Irish wedding and an Irish wake? There’s one less pisshead (an Irish insult) at the wake!”

4. Funny ways of describing people

Funny Irish Sayings and Phrases

Although they’re not classed as jokes, there are some great funny Irish sayings that’ll give you a giggle.

Ones like ‘He’s that skinny the one eye would do him’ and ‘He’s got enough cheek for a second ar*e’. See them here.

Have any short Irish jokes for adults to share?

Although you’ll find heaps of funny Irish jokes above, there’s heaps of jokes that have been added by readers in the comments section.

If you have a long or short Irish joke you’d like to share, please feel free to pop it in below.

FAQs about the best Irish jokes

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What jokes could be used during a wedding?’ to ‘Which are good for kids?’.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

What’s a good short Irish joke?

Two lads were on opposite sides of the river Lee in Cork. ‘How do I get to the other side of the river?’, shouted one lad to the other. ‘Sure you’re on the other side’, replied the second.

What is a funny clean Irish joke?

What do Irish ghosts drink on Halloween? BOOOOOOs.

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Mary Doyle-Jacobs

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Reading these really helped lighten my day. I've been sharing them in letters with my son who's in bootcamp. Thank you for sharing.

Babs L

Wednesday 25th of December 2019

Did you hear about the Irishman who took his car for its first service?

He got it stuck between the church doors!

What do you call a nun with a washing machine on her head? - Sista-matic. (Sister Matic)

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