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22nd Sep '16 5:42:24 PM nombretomado
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* Officer O'Ryan fit the trope to a T in ''AdventuresInOdyssey'', in fact he was the town's only cop until the introduction of Captain Quinn.

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* Officer O'Ryan fit the trope to a T in ''AdventuresInOdyssey'', ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'', in fact he was the town's only cop until the introduction of Captain Quinn.
22nd Sep '16 5:51:24 AM SilentHunterUK
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Not to be confused with police officers from Ireland itself, who are called ''gardai'' (singular ''garda'') and colloquially known as "guards").

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Not to be confused with police officers from Ireland itself, who are called ''gardai'' (singular ''garda'') and colloquially known as "guards")."guards".
22nd Sep '16 5:47:06 AM SilentHunterUK
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Not to be confused with police officers from Ireland itself, who are called ''gardai'' (singular ''garda'') and colloquially known as "guards").
29th Aug '16 9:44:46 AM dsneybuf
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* ''Series/TheElectricCompany'': Jim Boyd and Skip Hennant played, as par for the show, [[PoliceAreUseless ineffectual]] versions of this.

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* ''Series/TheElectricCompany'': ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'': Jim Boyd and Skip Hennant played, as par for the show, [[PoliceAreUseless ineffectual]] versions of this.
9th Aug '16 8:14:16 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' had ''two'' of them. The first was an old cop who was cursed because an ancestor had stolen a leprechaun's pot of gold, and was now being pursued by the MonsterOfTheWeek; Ray encountered the second one when he was looking for a four leaf clover in the park, something believed to repel said monster. When he explained to the cop what he was doing, in full, the guy thought he was making fun of his accent and stuffed him in a trash can.
24th Jun '16 6:28:20 AM dmcreif
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* Jimmy Malone in ''Film/TheUntouchables'', who was completely and utterly invented for the movie. In real life, Eliot Ness knew what he was doing from the start, and didn't need a wise mentor to show him the ropes, but apparently that wouldn't be dramatic enough. Also, Sean Connery [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent is not Irish]], no matter what the other characters say.

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* Jimmy Malone in ''Film/TheUntouchables'', who was completely and utterly invented for the movie. In The real life, Eliot Ness knew what he was doing from the start, and didn't need a wise mentor to show him the ropes, but apparently that wouldn't be dramatic enough. Also, Sean Connery [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent is not Irish]], no matter what the other characters say.



* Played for gags in the 2005 version of ''Film/TheProducers'' (which is set in 1958, when this trope had already become irrelevant in RealLife). Two NYPD cops with very thick stereotypical Irish brogues come to investigate goings-ons in Max Byalistock's apartment and discover Max and Leo Bloom's "cooked books" from their fraud scheme. Also, Max Byalistock (Nathan Lane) tries to bluff his way past the cops by assuming a ridiculous parody of a brogue in which his voice keeps getting higher and higher.

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* Played for gags laughs in the 2005 version of ''Film/TheProducers'' (which is set in 1958, when this trope had already become irrelevant in RealLife). Two NYPD cops with very thick stereotypical Irish brogues come to investigate goings-ons in Max Byalistock's Max's apartment and discover Max and Leo Bloom's "cooked books" from their fraud scheme. Also, Max Byalistock (Nathan Lane) tries to bluff his way past the cops by assuming a ridiculous parody of a brogue in which his voice keeps getting higher and higher.



* ''Series/BlueBloods'': The Reagan family is of Irish descent (the new mayor even calls Frank a "white Irish cop" in the Season 2 premiere), but the trope is averted quite handily.

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* ''Series/BlueBloods'': The Reagan family is of Irish descent (the (with new mayor Mayor Carter Poole even calls calling Frank a "white Irish cop" in the Season 2 premiere), but the trope is averted quite handily.



* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': AvertedTrope. There is a ''[[InsistentTerminology Detective]]'' O'Hara, but that's her name. Her partner, Lassiter, is Irish, but he doesn't act like this and isn't native to Ireland. It doesn't help that Lassiter's actor once played an evil leprechaun in a [[Film/TheLuckOfTheIrish Disney film]].

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* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': AvertedTrope. There is a ''[[InsistentTerminology Detective]]'' O'Hara, but that's her name. Her partner, Lassiter, is Irish, but he doesn't act like this and isn't native to Ireland. It doesn't help that Lassiter's actor Timothy Omundson, who plays Lassiter, once played an evil leprechaun in a [[Film/TheLuckOfTheIrish Disney film]].



* ''Series/TheWire'': Referenced by the fact that even though the Baltimore police force is racially mixed, with at least half of the officers African-American, their traditions still have a strongly Irish flavor. For example, they all attend Irish wakes for fallen officers at a local Irish pub and engage in a passionate sing-along to ThePogues' "Body of an American."
** It is explicitly stated in David Simon's book "Homicide : A Year On The Killing Streets" - on which the show is partially based, that no matter your origin, when you join the Baltimore PD you become "honorary Irish".

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* ''Series/TheWire'': Referenced by the fact that In ''Series/TheWire'', even though the Baltimore police force Police Department is racially mixed, with at least half of the officers African-American, their traditions still have a strongly Irish flavor. For example, they all attend Irish wakes for fallen officers at a local Irish pub and engage in a passionate sing-along to ThePogues' "Body of an American."
** It is
" TruthInTelevision, as it's explicitly stated in David Simon's book "Homicide ''Homicide : A Year On The Killing Streets" Streets'' - on which the show is partially based, that no matter your origin, when you join the Baltimore PD you become "honorary Irish".
20th Jun '16 11:36:04 AM gewunomox
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* Also regarding ThePogues is their hit Christmas song "Fairytale of New York", whose chorus goes "The boys in the NYPD choir were singing "Galway Bay" // And the bells were ringin' out for Christmas Day."
* BillyJoel's "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" namechecks a certain "Sergeant O'Leary," who works a second job as a bartender so he can afford a fancy car.

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* Also regarding ThePogues Music/ThePogues is their hit Christmas song "Fairytale of New York", whose chorus goes "The boys in the NYPD choir were singing "Galway Bay" // And the bells were ringin' out for Christmas Day."
* BillyJoel's Music/BillyJoel's "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" namechecks a certain "Sergeant O'Leary," who works a second job as a bartender so he can afford a fancy car.
13th Jun '16 3:53:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Freakazoid}}'' had "Officer Dan", an older cop with an Irish accent [[ThoseTwoGuys frequently seen with]] his younger partner Muhammad-Abdul.

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* ''{{Freakazoid}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' had "Officer Dan", an older cop with an Irish accent [[ThoseTwoGuys frequently seen with]] his younger partner Muhammad-Abdul.



* ''TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "The Cage of Glass". When Brainiac shrinks Metropolis, one of the city police officers is this stereotype.

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* ''TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'' ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "The Cage of Glass". When Brainiac shrinks Metropolis, one of the city police officers is this stereotype.
27th May '16 4:41:55 AM erforce
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Mostly a DiscreditedTrope these days. Of course, Irish-American cops still show up frequently (noticeably in ''TheDeparted'' in which nearly all the cop characters are Boston Irish--and all of the criminals are part of TheIrishMob), but the just-off-the-boat accent and whimsy are long gone -- except somewhat in HistoricalFiction. In modern works, Irish-American officers might be [[FamilyHonor following in the footsteps]] [[FamilyBusiness of several generations of police families]] and/or [[PursuingParentalPerils trying to live up to a parent who died in the line of duty]]. Additionally, in many modern works, cops in big-city police departments on the East Coast are often portrayed as being honorarily Irish even if they are not of actual Irish descent--which, given the extensive adoption of Irish customs within these departments (particularly wakes for fallen officers and fake wakes for retired ones) is more or less TruthInTelevision (see ''Series/TheWire'' for a good example: the Baltimore P.D. is one of those departments; also, many NYPD-focused shows will have this element show up).[[note]]To paraphrase Lenny Bruce, in the NYPD, even if you're Black, you're Irish.[[/note]]

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Mostly a DiscreditedTrope these days. Of course, Irish-American cops still show up frequently (noticeably in ''TheDeparted'' ''Film/TheDeparted'' in which nearly all the cop characters are Boston Irish--and all of the criminals are part of TheIrishMob), but the just-off-the-boat accent and whimsy are long gone -- except somewhat in HistoricalFiction. In modern works, Irish-American officers might be [[FamilyHonor following in the footsteps]] [[FamilyBusiness of several generations of police families]] and/or [[PursuingParentalPerils trying to live up to a parent who died in the line of duty]]. Additionally, in many modern works, cops in big-city police departments on the East Coast are often portrayed as being honorarily Irish even if they are not of actual Irish descent--which, given the extensive adoption of Irish customs within these departments (particularly wakes for fallen officers and fake wakes for retired ones) is more or less TruthInTelevision (see ''Series/TheWire'' for a good example: the Baltimore P.D. is one of those departments; also, many NYPD-focused shows will have this element show up).[[note]]To paraphrase Lenny Bruce, in the NYPD, even if you're Black, you're Irish.[[/note]]
27th May '16 2:08:42 AM Chabal2
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* In the ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' album ''Luna fatale'', all NYC policemen have Irish names.

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* In the ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' album ''Luna fatale'', fatale'' (which features a Mafia/Tong war), all NYC policemen have Irish names.
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