->'''Gussie''': Why do I have to end every sentence with "Begorrah"?\\
'''Bertie''': My dear Gussie, that is how people think Irish people talk.
-->--'''''Series/JeevesAndWooster'''''

Lots of Americans have a fondness for UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}}. This is understandable, considering there are more Americans of Irish descent than there are people living in Ireland (by a margin of about 11 to 1). This has a certain amount of AlwaysAnActor about it, in that Americans will sometimes claim Irish or Scots descent on the basis of third or fourth generation ancestors and near-homeopathic delusions of actual genetic connection. Thus, it is only natural that some series would at some point have an episode or two on the Emerald Isle.

[[{{Scotireland}} Unfortunately, most people in Hollywood can't tell the difference between Ireland and Scotland]]. Some, however, like to [[ShownTheirWork show that they did do the research]] by showing Ireland as a separate country with its own customs. However, rather than have a look at what the place is actually like, they turn to BritishSeries made before political correctness came in. Hence, you end up with Oireland.

This trope goes waaaaaaaay back to at least the days of [[ModernMinstrelsy stage Irishmen]] in eighteenth-century British theatre. Brought back to life by Creator/JohnFord in the iconic JohnWayne film ''TheQuietMan'' -- which is not a bad movie, and was well-meant by the staunchly Irish-American Ford. Also by his later and lesser-known triptych film ''TheRisingOfTheMoon'', made with the Abbey Theater players.

While elements of this character may also be seen in {{Southie|s}}, ''never'' try to argue over whether Irish-Americans (or Irish-Canadians, for that matter) should be considered Irish. [[InternetBackdraft 'Twill nae end well.]]

!!!Features of Oireland include:
* More sheep than the LandDownUnder, even though most Irish farms were arable until the late 19th century, when a lot switched to cattle. Sheep farming only really happens on the bad land in the West (in the British Isles themselves this is much more of a [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} Welsh stereotype]]).
* Overwhelmingly Catholic: you'd be hard pressed to find a reference to Ireland's sizable Protestant population in Oireland unless the story is explicitly ''about'' religion or UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, still less the admittedly small Irish Jewish population, non-religious groups, or [[UsefulNotes/TheNewIrish newer groups like the Irish Muslims]]. (This one is TruthInTelevision, somewhat.)
* The substitution of me for my, such as "This is me house." There is a bit of TruthInTelevision to this one.
* Everybody's name starts with "Mac", "Mc", or "O'". In reality, the most common surname in Ireland is "Murphy", which appears pretty frequently in fiction. The second most common is "Kelly", which doesn't. (And "Mac" or "Mc" is more common in Scotland than in Ireland.)
* Wrinkly auld farmers greet travellers with a hearty, "Top o' the moornin' to ye." While some stereotypes have some merit, this has absolutely none. No Irish person ever says "top o' the mornin'". EVER. Unless they're ridiculing those who think they do.
* Nobody says "yes." Instead, expect to hear, "aye" or something like, "Ah, to be shoor, to be shoor and begorrah." In truth, a relic of the native Gaeilge language (which does not have the words for "yes" and "no") has natives often express agreement by restating, such as: "Did you see the film?" "I did." "Is it good?" "It is."
** Another remnant of Irish Gaelic sentence structure is found in sentences like "It's a fool you are, Sean O'Flaherty." To get really technical, it's verb-subject-object. They usually don't go as far as ''Went I to the pub with O'Malley, a pint of Guinness to have", although this is quite proper; but you will hear that syntax in songs. (See below for notes on what kind of beer they really drink.)
* Friendly or flighty {{leprechaun}}s frequently being caught in bushes. Irish folklore is very clear about just how nasty TheFairFolk really are.
* [[FightingIrish Brawling, usually good-naturedly]], at the drop of a hat. The Irish are often portrayed as very passionate, quick to anger, but also quick to laugh and calm back down again.
* There are startlingly frequent jokes about beaten wives, ''especially'' in American depictions, where discrimination against Irish-Americans brought about stereotypes of drunkenness and violence.
** The wives often get back at the men one way or another.
* [[FieryRedhead Red hair]] and the related pale, freckled skin, often [[SignificantGreenEyedRedhead paired with]] GreenEyes. Although green eyes are not particularly common, it is more common in Ireland than anywhere else. The stereotype is so ingrained that some people (mostly outside of Ireland) still argue that "black Irish", Irish people with [[PeopleOfHairColor dark hair]], are descendants of Spanish Armada survivors or related to the Basque people, though genetic evidence largely goes against this.(Small, dark Irish people are more likely ''firbolg'', descendants of native Picts.) Considering the vast majority of Irish people are dark haired this is a pretty ridiculous myth. It's the fair, red-haired Irish people who may have come from elsewhere, but this is still controversial and the subject of complex studies by ethnologists and linguists.
* Potatoes. Lots of potatoes. After their introduction from the Americas, the calorie-dense potatoes became the main diet of the Irish due to British policy reducing the size of family plots. Potatoes became permanently ingrained in Irish stereotypes when the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_%28Ireland%29 The Irish Potato Famine]] caused a massive influx of Irish immigrants to America.
* Corned beef with cabbage: This is a cultural trait of Irish-Americans, learned from their Ashkenazi Jewish neighbors. In Ireland, people eat [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon_and_cabbage bacon and cabbage]].
* Everyone lives on a [[{{Arcadia}} farm or in a tiny village]], with UsefulNotes/{{Dublin}} as the only major city. Cities like Cork, Limerick and Galway go completely unmentioned.
* Lots of Irish step dancing, which is often called "Riverdance" even though that's the title of one particular stage show that made it famous in America, though it is only loosely based on actual Irish step dancing.
* Music will tend to be traditional Irish music like that heard at a ceilí, and is almost always a jig or reel. If not that, it will probably be an Celtic punk band such as Music/FloggingMolly, the Music/DropkickMurphys, or the Pogues, though many of these bands aren't actually Irish (though both Flogging Molly and the Pogues have at least one Irish member). Ireland is a modern country with plenty of modern music in its history, such as Music/{{U2}}, Music/ThinLizzy and many more.
* Green clothing all around: green hats and vests, and sometimes green trousers as well. Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle for its lush green pastures, so green is typically seen as Ireland's official color. Wearing green clothing, however, is strictly a St. Patrick's Day tradition among Irish-Americans. In Ireland, the Protestant ruling class (whose sectarian color was famously orange) once discriminated against Catholics by passing laws prohibiting "the wearin' o' the green."
* Oirish people are all poor, or at the very least come from a working-class background. This view was obviously caused by the mass migration of lower class Irish workers into American in the 19th century. From 1995 until roughly 2007, Ireland's economy became the booming [[UsefulNotes/TheCelticTiger Celtic Tiger]] with one of the highest standards of living in the world, though since then it's crashed hard.
* Post-[[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Troubles]], you may also get some form of reference to "the Hated British." Though in reality you're more likely to hear them referred to as "the Auld Enemy" and this is usually in relation to sporting rivalry rather than genuine animosity.
* Any Irish character in an action movie -- good guy or bad guy -- will be a former (or current) member of the IRA. There's about a 90% chance that they'll be an explosives expert.
* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gaeilge gan ghá]]. In reality, while Irish is designated as the national language, the language that most Irish people actually ''speak'' is English. Only 36% are fluent in Irish, while 94% are fluent in English. And most who speak both languages have English as their first language.
* Sentimentality. Lots and lots of sentimentality. In particular, when combined with a selection of the above the Oirish people are generally presented as a canny and friendly folk (the word 'quaint' tends to pop up a lot) with a cheerful song in their hearts and a mischievous twinkle in their eyes, expressing their simple-yet-wise philosophy that's as old as the hills and informed with the magic and mystery of the ages and the FairFolk, just waiting for some poor outsider who's lost sight of the ''really'' important things in life that they can educate, and other such horribly trite cliches; think an Emerald Isle version of the MagicalNegro. If you were to base your understanding of the Irish solely on the amount of times this rather over-sentimentalized depiction has popped up, the whole damn country can start to look rather insufferably twee.
* ''Everybody'' drinks Guinness to the point where it could have its own trope. In reality, lager and cider are far more popular in Ireland, especially amongst younger people, as is Irish pale/red ale (e.g. Smithwick's). Other brands of stout (such as Murphy's or Beamish) are ignored in fiction. That said, Guinness ''is'' popular in its Greater Dublin home, while Murphy's and Beamish are popular in western Ireland (hence the prominence of Guinness--non-Irish tend to ignore Cork).

The only one feature of Oireland that does resemble real Ireland is the huge reputation for drinking, particularly with Guinness. In truth, Ireland doesn't even have the highest average alcohol consumption in Europe; that honor goes to the Czech Republic (to be fair, Slavic stereotypes also echo this to some extent). And people in Ireland consume drinks other than Guinness. Indeed, beer and ale are actually transplants from England; the "traditional" Irish spirit is whiskey (and that's spelled with an "e," thank you, not "whisky" like Scottish stuff).[[note]]Incidentally, this difference dates from the 19th century, when Irish and American distillers changed the spelling of their product to distinguish it from the Scottish stuff, which at the time was renowned for being cheap and generally bad. Thus both American and Irish whiskey is spelled with an "e." Canada, which got its whisky-making start much later and under Scottish tutelage, uses "whisky." American distillers, on the other hand, were mostly Scots-Irish--i.e. the descendants Ulster Scots and other forms of Scottish Presbyterian transplants, like a whole hell of a lot of the distillers in Ireland. Somewhat peculiarly, one can even detect this in the flavor and appearance of the spirit: good Irish whiskey and American bourbon are both lighter in color and taste remarkably alike for being made from totally different grains and in different kinds of barrels, while a good Canadian whisky will taste a bit like a Scotch (especially if you factor in that the Canadian whisky was made from rye and the Scotch from barley), and is darker in color. TheMoreYouKnow![[/note]]

See also FakeIrish for when an 'Irish' character is being played by an American or British actor and may or may not be Oirish.

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!!Examples

'''Set in, or having episodes in, Oireland'''

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* A few chapters of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' are set in Northern Ireland in what appears to be an abandoned factory in the fictional town of Badrick. This is where the first fight between Alucard and Anderson takes place. It's a reference to the religious disputes as the British, Protestant Hellsing forces, are there cleaning up a vampire attack, so the Vatican sends Anderson because Ireland is regarded as their territory, even though Northern Ireland is technically located in the United Kingdom.
** The funny thing about this is that Hellsing starts in the fall of 1998. The Good Friday Agreement was signed on April 10th, 1998, in Belfast, months before the altercation occurred. Granted, it really didn't take effect until December 2nd, 1999, but someone didn't send the Hellsing Organization and Section XIII the memo.
* ''Anime/{{Fractale}}'' has a slight amount of this going on- the main character lives in a very old fashioned faux-thatched cottage, despite the series being set hundreds of years in the future. This may just be to add to the already-copious SceneryPorn.

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* ''Fiddle O'Diddle''
* Being Northern Irish, Creator/GarthEnnis often explores the various iterations of this trope (and often ruthlessly makes fun of the more embarrassing, unrealistic or trite elements):
** In ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', the ''entire nation'' has been turned into [[TheThemeParkVersion a giant theme park]] based on inauthentic stereotypes of past Irish life. An entire terrorist group exists solely to stop foreign tourism so there'll be "no more leprechaun suits... no more bejasus and begorrah... no more potatoes... no more eejits calling us ''quaint''". Even the Irish terrorists are stereotyped; they plant bombs at several locations crucial to the tourism economy, and the one bomb that was a total dud was planted at the Guinness brewery. Oh, and the [[spoiler:potatoes? Even those aren't real.]]
** Subverted in one arc of ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'' when Tommy visits Ireland. In a later flash-forward it's revealed there's a book about him that says while he was there he fought bravely alongside the IRA. The people that believe this are told by a real friend of Tommy that it's complete bollocks.
** The [[ComicBook/{{Spawn}} Medieval Spawn]]/ComicBook/{{Witchblade}} series, where an Irishman named Stalker kills a leprechaun. Stalker claims it was a mercy killing, since the leprechaun was badly hurt, but one minute earlier he was [[AuthorTract complaining loudly about how leprechauns contributes to Irish stereotypes.]]
** Also subverted again in ''ComicBook/TheBoys'' with the Glaswegian Wee Hughie being [[{{Scotireland}} mistaken for Irish]] (by a drunk "teenager" during a St Patrick's celebration). To try and get away from it (and other weirdness), he visits what seems to be the only bar around not floating in green beer, run by a tee-total Irishman who bemoans the "[[{{Oireland}} plastic paddy]]" image, throws out revelers wearing the green, and sells him a pint of Guinness with an obscenity written in the head
* Heavily {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'' visits an American film production shot on location in Ireland. Only one of the cast is shown to be Irish, the rest hired from around England, but all of them scoff at the ridiculousness of the film and their roles.
* In Franchise/TheDCU, Jack O'Lantern from the ComicBook/GlobalGuardians was an Irish superhero. Whenever he was shown in Ireland, it was in an idyllic green countryside dotted with small villages and inhabited by leprechauns and other fairies.

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* ''Disney/DarbyOGillAndTheLittlePeople''
* ''TheQuietMan'', one of the most loving depictions of Oireland that you'll ever see.
* Also by Creator/JohnFord, ''TheRisingOfTheMoon'' consists of three short plays based on stories by Irish writers, filmed entirely on location and starring the Abbey Players. "A Minute's Wait" is especially Oirish, with feisty train personnel, lots of drinking, repeated discomfiting of a stuffy British couple, storytelling, singing, dancing and the local hurley team.
* ''TheMatchmaker'', featuring an American (Creator/JaneaneGarofalo) trying to do some genealogy for her boss in a town on the coast of Oireland. They play up the stereotypes, but there is also subversion, especially in scenes like the crotchety old bastard on Inis Mór who [[spoiler: swears at the protagonists in Gaelic before letting them into a quite nice house, mentions that he already gave this information over the phone the previous night, and offers them a cappucino.]]
* ''PSILoveYou'', the film of the book by Cecilia Ahern- contains sheep, stone walls, rolling green hills, a rendition of Fairytale of New York after a funeral, and a cringe inducing Oirish accent by Gerard Butler, a man from Glasgow.
* Played jaw-droppingly straight in the AmyAdams romcom ''LeapYear'' - superstitious elderly rural locals spouting cliches, bar brawls, tiny villages, cattle-blocked roads, ceilí bands, claddagh rings... it's impossible to ''dislike'' a film with AmyAdams in the lead role but you'd never believe it was made in 2009. (It also has an ''imaginative'' approach to Irish geography - seemingly [[ArtisticLicenseGeography the fastest way to reach Dublin by boat from Wales is via Cork.]])
* Possibly worse than ''LeapYear'' is the Eddie Griffen comedy ''IrishJam'' that also starred Anna Friel. The story involves am African American winning an Irish pub in a raffle somehow and who then has to save the village from the clutches of an evil landlord. The film is filled with such hideously bad stereotypes of Ireland that it wasn't even filmed in Ireland and contained not a single Irish actor (Friel has an Irish father but was born and grew up in England.) Empire magazine reviewed it mentioning that "presumably, any attempts to mount stereotypes this broad in actual Ireland would lead to kneecappings and punishment-beatings"
* ''FarAndAway'', particularly Tom Cruise's side of the story. He's a poor, plucky, hard-fightin' Irish farmer with a beautiful seaside plot. A few scenes have brawling and drunkenness involved. Nicole Kidman's side, however, shows some of the lesser-seen gentility of Irish society. The Irish-Americans portrayed later are also classic Irish-American archetypes.
* You see some of this in the Cloncraig scenes of ''TheStoryOfEstherCostello''. A bit more realistic version, showing grinding poverty, drenching rain, and pigs, not sheep. Esther was made blind and deaf in an explosion of stored weapons from "The Troubles" (1912-1922 version). The film even has Denis O'Dea as kindly old Father Devlin. Heather Sears (British) plays Esther with a soft Irish accent for her few lines at the very end. Esther's charity has shamrocks, girls in green outfits, and its theme song is a cheery version of "Wearing of the Green".
* ''Film/TheSecretOfRoanInish'': somewhat justified, as it's set in the late 1940s and in a community notable for its old-fashionedness. We briefly get to see other parts of Ireland, which are very industrial and modern

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* ''TheIrishRM''
* ''Castle Rackrent''
* The whole book ''Sissi in Ireland'' by Claire Madras. Well, it's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* Pat O'Shea's children's book ''The Hounds of the Morrigan'' is mostly a genuinely well-written and atmospheric marrying of Irish myth and legend with modern characters - but for a few chapters it teeters dangerously on the bring of Disnified stage-Oirish. Having said this, it's the sort of children's book an adult can read and appreciate without shame.
* In MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', an entire planet models itself on the stereotype for the tourist trade, even though by the time humanity's that spread out this far, everyone's descended from everyone on Earth.
* Creator/RayBradbury, who actually lived in Ireland while working with Creator/JohnFord on ''Film/MobyDick'', has several stories about Oireland and Oirish people.[[note]]Bradbury's Irish characters have been described as all sounding like Barry Fitzgerald reciting Sean O'Casey.[[/note]] Rain, drinking, rain, fighting, rain, grand storytelling, poems and songs, rain and Catholics are all present and accounted for. For some reason, all these stories involve a gentle but firm GayAesop.
* Creator/JamesJoyce's entire body of work both celebrates and deplores the tendency of Irish people to [[StopBeingStereotypical fulfill their own Oirish stereotypes]], as well as giving you a grounding in where those stereotypes come from, along with turn-of-the-century Irish daily speech.

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* ''FatherTed'': A deliberate AffectionateParody written by two Irishmen. This is probably a factor in making the programme so wildly popular in Ireland. Rather than using foreign stereotypes of the Irish, the writers ramped up TruthInTelevision tropes and cultural stereotypes present within Ireland itself. Oireland tends to vary from painfully off-key to laughably bad, but this method created a spot-on hilarious caricature, making it arguably a subversion or outright aversion of this trope.
** ''BlackBooks", also co-written by Graham Linehan, has Irish Bernard Black as its main character. Played by Dylan Moran (who also co-wrote), the character's Irishness is not a big part of his character, but this trope is referenced on occasion by other characters. For example, American customers call him 'a Scotch man' in reference to the notorious vagueness many Americans have about the difference between Celtic cultures. On another occasion, Bernard's friend Fran makes up a traditional Irish song: '...And the English are alllll... bollocks.' The only particularly 'Oirish' thing about Bernard is his borderline alcoholism (and even there he drinks wine, not stout), and his use of particularly Irish phrasings (but probably not the sort you'd find in classic Oireland, e.g. 'oh, stick it up your hole'.
* ''Series/{{Ballykissangel}}''
* ''EastEnders'': They actually got into a bit of trouble over this.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' (semi-justified as it wasn't meant to be the real Ireland, but a literal [[TheThemeParkVersion Theme Park Version]] on the holodeck).
** Nonetheless displaying an astounding lack of cultural sensitivity on the part of the (usually pretty enlightened) Starfleet officers. Presumably Janeway was revealed to be of Irish descent (in the same episode) as an attempted justification (perhaps coincidentally Kate Mulgrew is herself an American of Irish descent.)
** The future of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is supposed to take place centuries after a [[AfterTheEnd major war]] that almost destroyed humanity. Most of their knowledge about the past (when a given episode's writer remembers that fact) is based on whatever books, photographs, films, etc. survived the war. In other words, it isn't just an example of this trope, it's the ''result'' of it too.
*** This is not true in early (TOS) canon: Captain Kirk always speaks about how humanity narrowly averted this final war.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration,'' when the Enterprise rescues a threatened Oirish colony, the descendants of Space Luddites, none of whom are played by actual Irish actors. What real actual Irish cast member Colm Meaney made of it all is probably best left unexplored.
* ''Series/BlessMeFather'': the TV version of the short stories about priests living in 1950's London has the English actor Arthur Lowe cranking his accent and mannerisms UpPastEleven in order to portray Father Duddleswell.
* ''Series/RelicHunter''
* ''MurderSheWrote'' had a couple of OfficerOHara characters over the years, but the Oirish stereotypes were ramped up in ''The Celtic Riddle''. When reviewing it on ''TheBlizzardOfOdd'', Colin Murphy noted that it had all the worst elements of "Diddly Ireland" mixed with South Central Los Angeles, culminating in the most ridiculous combination of both: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The Drive-By-Swording.]]
* ''TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'', in which the Easter Rising apparently lasted a few hours, as opposed to the six days it lasted in reality. Interestingly, this episode also offers a subversion where Indiana meets an Irishman who is reasonably pissed off about the Irish stereotypes that are played up for foreigners. Said pissed off Irishman turns out to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_O%27Casey Seán O'Casey]].
* Two episodes of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''
* The beginning of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' Season 2. [[spoiler: When Peter ends up in Ireland, with no idea of how he got there, he is found by an Irish 'brotherhood.' Each member of this brotherhood has a Celtic tattoo, and Peter is welcomed in eventually. The main Irishman (Ricky) runs an stereotypical Irish pub, and steals goods from the docks, with the rest of the brotherhood.]] Throw in bad accents and tight shirts for that authentic Oirish feel. Many of the actors were British. They rob some money (for "soccer") from a stadium which is comprised of ''dollars''. They also do not pronounce Caitlín in the traditional Irish way.
* The entire point of ''Killinaskully'' is to play up this trope [[RefugeInAudacity for all it's worth]].
* There's an episode of ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' in which Gussie and Spode are hired to play a pair of stage Irishmen named Pat and Mike for the village talent show. They put on woolly green beards and wave around umbrellas. Gussy really can't do the accent - in the short story the episode is based on, he actually points out how ridiculous it is, saying he's never met an Irishman who speaks or acts like this - and Spode doesn't even bother. Much like the episode with the blackface minstrels, it managed to avoid being offensive just by being utterly ludicrous.
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'': the gang has a strong alliance with the IRA, which is how they receive their guns for distribution in America. One season has the gang visit Belfast and get mixed up in an intra-IRA feud. One of the leaders of the IRA is shown to be a BadassGrandpa Catholic priest who holds his own in a fistfight. There's also quite a lot of drinking amongst the Irish, though not any more than the Americans. It's also pointed out that some of the Sons are Protestant, with one the son of an Orangeman. Though the greatest crime against Ireland may be the awful fake accents.
** And let's not even get started on the assumption that all Irish radio stations play nothing but traditional Irish folk or DropkickMurphys - style heavy metal / folk hybrids.
* Played for laughs in a sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' when Creator/LiamNeeson guest-starred in 2004, in a sketch called "Ya Call This A House, Do Ya?", a parody of speedy home improvement shows like ''Series/ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition.'' "Buildin' Finn [=McQuinn=]" and his team sent Neeson's character down the pub while they basically moved furniture around and drank beers. It was ActuallyPrettyFunny, mostly thanks to Neeson being a great sport.
* The 'Irish R.M.' had a series adaptation (actually very good, and this comes from a half-Irishman), which skits, parodies, plays seriously and generally messes around with pre-independence (late Victorian until 1910) Ireland - in the little Irish town of Skebawn everyone is either drunk, or about to sell you a dud horse. The only tune played is 'Haste to the Wedding', and Irishmen are either lovable scamps or ruffians. However, it is actually kind hearted - the Irish villains are non-existent, the most unlikable characters are English (e.g. Lady Knox, when set against an Irish 'villain' like Tom Sheehy or Slipper. One of the main characters is Irish (in the twinkly-eyed scamp tradition) against the English straight-man, shebeens, pig's trotters, poteen and the like is trooped out mercilessly, but it is not at all malicious - quote [Slipper the groom] 'The English and the Irish understand each other like the fox and the hound,’[Lady Yeates] ‘But which is which?’ [Slipper] ‘Ah well, if we knew that, we’d know everything!’. There is a Catholic Nationalist canon, and Roman Catholicism is skitted (the redoubtable Mrs Cadogan (pronounced kay-de-GAWN) is an example), but rather like Jeeves and Wooster, it avoids being offensive.
* Discussed in the ''Drink to Britain'' series of ''OzAndJames''. While in Ireland, James criticizes what he calls "cod Oirishness" for the tourists, and taunts Oz with it when Oz claims to be part Irish; James thinks he's only doing so to make himself more interesting. It's subverted later on; when in a small village, Oz runs into a cousin who confirms Oz's mother actually is Irish, much to James's irritation.

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* Both played straight and subverted in the first ''BrokenSword'' game. Both played straight in that the Irish village you visit features a lot of folk music and hard drinking stereotypes; subverted in that the characters are NOT impressed by being greated with a 'Top of the morning to yeh' and references to 'The Little People'.

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' (1987), in the episode "The Irish Jig is Up".
** The animation of this series was actually produced by Fred Wolf Films [[ShoutOut Dublin]] at the time
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter finds out that his real father is an Irishman, and heads to "[=McSwiggen=] Village, where the hills are green, the streams are clear, and the sweaters are so thick, even the boniest-fingered nun could poke you in the chest and it wouldn't bother you none!" The pub is called Wifey [=McBeaty=]'s and Peter's father is the town drunk, which is an honored position in Irish society.
** They lampshade the trope thus
--> '''Stewie''': Did we mention all the political, economic, and religious disputes that have torn Ireland apart for decades?
--> '''Brian''': Nope. We made them a bunch of drunken redheads.
--> '''Stewie''': Ah. Groundbreaking.
* [[CluelessAesop The Belfast sequence]] from the ''CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' episode "If It's Doomsday, It Must Be Belfast" was quite possibly the single most offensive example of both this trope and UsefulNotes/TheTroubles , making the struggle between Catholics and Protestants look like [[Theatre/WestSideStory The Jets against The Sharks]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQJrovKgrTw Highlights can be seen here]]. (And the comments. Dear God, the comments.)
* Parodied by ''MonkeyDust'' - a young man walks into a pub and sees the new landlord wearing an absurd leprechaun costume. When he asks why, he is told that it is now an "Oirish" pub. When he asks what happened to the previous landlord, who was Irish, he is told that he wasn't ''"Oirish"'' enough.
** Not to mention the movie of the "true story" of "Patrick O'Dobsky" (Ivan Dobsky).
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': In "The Last Leprechaun", Chip & Dale meet a mischievous, green-clad leprechaun king, a banshee named Druella ''O'''Midas, and learn that rainbows do indeed end in leprechauns' pots of gold.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', set on [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans St Patrick's Day]], and with Oirish characters so superstitious and credulous they believed Jade was a {{leprechaun}}. Ireland in this example also appears quite modern with the same characters watching a soccer match on TV. Then again, they were right about the cursed emerald....
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' does this every so often:
** The most {{egregious}} example may be [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS20E14InTheNameOfTheGrandfather In the Name of the Grandfather]], which has our favorite family being guilted by Grandpa into taking him to one last booze-up at an old pub he frequented during the war. In flashbacks, Grandpa describes it as a typical Oirish pub, with taps for Guinness, cabbage and corned beef (which isn't even Irish, as noted above), and sheep aplenty, also during one scene you can see two references to Celtic FC[[note]]The person in the green-and-white hooped shirt, plus there's something on a wall. For those who don't know, Celtic are a Scottish football club who are heavily associated with Ireland, tricolours can be seen in the stadium, and were founded by a priest from Sligo[[/note]] seen [[http://i42.tinypic.com/dnfypk.jpg here]]. The episode is a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction of the trope]] as the town has become a [[UsefulNotes/TheCelticTiger bustling, modern metropolis]] where no one has time to go drinking. [[spoiler: [[ReconstructedTrope The trope was reconstructed near the end]], when Homer and Grandpa unwittingly buy the pub, allow indoor smoking (which was banned in Ireland in 2004), and business picks up. It was too good to last, [[StatusQuoIsGod for in true sitcom fashion]], the police shut them down and deport them back to America.]] Ironically, this episode was broadcast [[FunnyAneurysmMoment as Ireland was entering a recession]].
*** Despite being set in the Republic of Ireland, the episode made some cultural mistakes. In one scene, Marge and the kids visit the "Giant's Causeway" landmark except it's located in Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK. Another is the Irish Police uniforms and vehicles in the episode look more like their Northern Ireland counterparts especially with the english word "Police" written on their uniforms and vehicles when it should be the Gaelic word "Garda".
*** The trope is even more subverted when the typically Oirish pubkeeper, played by genuine Irishman Colm Meany (''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''), tries to serve Grandpa a drink. First, he offers an Australian wine. When Grandpa then insists on an Irish drink, the barkeep complies, sarcastically giving him a shot of Bushmill's, stuck in a potato, which is floating in a pint of Guinness, all called out in an exaggerated Oirish accent. Once again, Grandpa, exasperated, insists on an ''Irish'' drink. The barkeep spits into the Bushmill's, and Grandpa is finally satisfied.
** Other episodes set in or around Saint Patrick's Day have always tended to play up the Troubles, usually with some English establishment being blown up, before drunken Oirishmen (or faux-Oirishmen, for as Kent Brockman says, St. Patrick's Day is the day when "everyone's a little bit Irish, except, of course, for [[AcceptableTargets the gays and ]] [[CriticalResearchFailure the Italians]]") begin rioting.
* In [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS20E1SexPiesAndIdiotScrapes Sex, Pies And Idiot Scrapes]], a St Patrick's day parade turns into a city riot when Nationalist Irish and the Unionist Northern Irish paraders (led by a Green and Orange Leprechaun respectively) get into a fight. Seeing this, Bart comments "Where's the IRA when you need them?" which caused a bit of controversy in Britain since it's still a sensitive subject. An ex-IRA tells Bart the IRA has put aside "the way of the gun and bomb" and seeks peaceful means of reunification. Then, an English-style Double-Decker bus rolls by, complete with a large Union Jack on the side. His wistful remark is "Yeah, in the olden days, we'd be all over that."
** Grandpa: "Who kicked the Irish out in aught-four? I did, that's who!"/Oirishman (complete with green vest and derby and shillelagh): "And a foine job ye did, too."
** The same Oirishman appeared in Whacking Day, when it was explained that the holiday had started as "an excuse to beat up the Irish".
*** "Oi took many a lump! But 'twas all in good fun."
** Played straight in Treehouse of Horror XII; when Homer gets the family cursed, he and Bart catch a leprechaun, a nasty, hateful and vulgar leprechaun, which proceeds to cause nothing but ruckus for the household.

'''Oirish Characters'''

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* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Lockon Stratos]], [[CatchPhrase Sniping the targets!]] [[spoiler:We're talking about a pair of twins here.]]
* Jin from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' in the dub. It's [[{{Woolseyism}} used to approximate his Kyoto dialect in the original]].

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* Siryn, Banshee, and Black Tom in ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' often lapse into this, depending on the writer.
--> "[[TwistedToyfareTheatre And if'n ye cannae tell, I'm Irish.]]"
* The hero, Shamrock, from MarvelComics is from Ireland and is the main hero there until she retired to become a hairdresser. Her power, likewise, is [[WindsOfDestinyChange luck manipulation]], which, in an origin that is both extremely badass in its source and somewhat less impressive in its execution, she gains by channeling the spirits of innocent victims of war.

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* Seamus Finnegan gets turned into this in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' {{fanfic}} ''Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness''. Example: "Tell you what. You say one word, and I'll make it worth your while. I've smuggled in a bit of the real good stuff – Muggle-made Irish pure – and I'll slip you a tot. Or if you'd rather, I'll work my charms and score you a kiss from that lovely Miss [=MacDonald=] you've been castin' eyes at all year. What say you?" (DAYD, Chapter 11). Now consider that he didn't have anything resembling that thick an accent in canon. Oh, and he knows Druidic rituals, as well.
** Even worse, the sequel has several sequences in an Ireland torn and devastated by the Troubles... even though it takes place three years after the end of ''Deathly Hallows''. For those who don't know the HP timeline, ''DH'' takes place in 1998, the year the Good Friday Agreement was signed; while it's ridiculous to say that brought an immediate end to ''all'' the fighting, the story doesn't seem to realize there was any sort of action at all.
* Molly O'Flannigan, [[spoiler: Yuki-Rin]]'s sister, from ''FanFic/OnePieceParallelWorks'', despite the fact there is no Oireland-type country in the ''One Piece'' world. A flashback during the Baleeira Porto Arc revealed that before [[spoiler: the Celestial Dragons killed Molly's parents and then forced Molly into Yuki-Rin's against her will]], her parents owned a pub.
** The trope becomes Invoked in the Erin Island Arc, where the Capricorn Pirates visited Molly's home island, which is heavily based off of Ireland.
* Subverted in ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX'', with the Irish Blue Ranger Kevin O'Donnell, who speaks very clearly and does not have much of a temper. It's mocked in an alternate universe version where Kevin says that he's never lived in a thatched-roof house his entire life ([[DontExplainTheJoke He's from Dublin]]).
* Tapper Smurf in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' wears this trope as the village's bartender who just happens to be Christian. He averts the FightingIrish trope, though, leaving it to his BraveScot friend Duncan [=McSmurf=].

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* Séamus [=McFly=] in the third ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' movie.
* Mad Stephen from ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''.

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* Mad Sweeny, the Irish-American leprechaun from ''Literature/AmericanGods'', loves to fight. He has lost the accent though, as he's been in the US too long. He's also something like 7 feet tall.
* Padan Fain from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' books is effectively this, despite being from a different cycle of time and never having heard of Ireland. His dialogue is as Oirish as you can get without actually using the word "Begorrah". At least in the early appearances.
* The bats in the ''Literature/RatsBatsAndVats'' series are almost an invocation of the trope; they had Irish revolutionary songs downloaded into the implants in their heads, and it shows.
* Freckles of Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', despite being born and raised in Chicago, shows many of the tropes. Including an Irish accent. And his family name is O'More.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' managed to have a 19th century tribe of ''[[SpaceJews Space Oirish]]'' in the episode "Up the Long Ladder".
** They went a long way to making up for that travesty with the character of Miles O'Brien (played by Irish actor Colm Meaney) who then went on to be a main character on ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]''.
** They also had the episode "Sub Rosa", in which Dr. Crusher's grandmother dies on a planet settled by more [[SpaceJews Space Oirish]] (Who were supposed to be Space ''Scottish'', but, [[{{Scotireland}} y'know]]) and there's a [[spoiler:VirtualGhost]].
* Angel from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is this to a degree.
* While she doesn't use an accent, Fiona from ''Series/BurnNotice'' otherwise very much plays to American stereotypes by being a violent, totally chaotic ex-terrorist. She's also [[FakeIrish played by]] [[UnfortunateImplications a British actress]]. After the pilot (where she used an accent that would give most Dubliners an aneurysm), she adopted an American accent, ostensibly to better blend in, though it slips on occasion.
* Mr. O'Reilly, the lazy, incompetent Irish construction worker on ''Series/FawltyTowers''. Played by David Kelly, an actual Irishman, which makes it a bit better.
* A young Lyndy Brill (Catherine Hargreaves in ''Series/GrangeHill'') played the daughter of an Irish terrorist involved in UsefulNotes/TheTroubles in ''Series/TheSweeney''. Her Oirish accent would make a real Irish teenage girl cringe.
* Seamus Finnegan from ''Series/TheFallAndRiseOfReginaldPerrin'' is initially presented as an Oirish sterotype; an ill-educated labourer "from the land of bogs and potatoes" discovered quaffing Guiness in a pub whilst wondering what to gamble on next who's hired by the protagonist as his admin officer in an attempt to sabotage his own company. [[SubvertedTrope As soon as the scruffy Irishman hits the boardroom]] [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass he's shown to have an absolute genius for management]].

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* [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} His name is Finlay... and he loves to fight]] (particularly grating as he was from, and was billed as such, ''Belfast'', in Northern Ireland!)
* Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, the "Celtic Warrior", who has the usual pale skin and has bright red hair. He avoids the usual dodgey Oirish accent though, when he's a [[RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic bone fide Dubliner]].
** In fact, Sheamus specifically wanted to avoid the typical Irish stereotypes. The fact that he's Irish is usually not mentioned beyond the Celtic Warrior RedBaron, and his characterization tends to lean way more toward what "Celtic Warrior" sounds like.

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* The Fianna of ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' could easily cross into this territory. Descendants of Finn Maccumhail? Check. Known for their soulful bards? Check. Also known for their angry warriors? Check. It really didn't help that a lot of early books in the line talked about possible ties to the [=IRA=]. And their main Caerns are picked out of [[{{CriticalResearchFailure}} tourist books]] and bang in the middle of a popular tourist location - the non-celtic world heritage site Brú na Bóinne. They're also known for their [[{{BoozeBasedBuff}} magic booze]].

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* OlderThanSteam: Macmorris from ''HenryV'' by Creator/WilliamShakespeare.
* Finian from ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'' hails from Glocca Morra, which is based on "pixified fancies" of Ireland. Upon planting his crock of gold in the soil of the DeepSouth, he finds out a {{leprechaun}} has followed him there all the way from Ireland. That Glocca Morra is a fictitious locale is admitted in the play's final scene:
-->'''Finian''': Farewell, me friends. I'll see you all some day in Glocca Morra.\\
'''Woody''': Sharon, where ''is'' Glocca Morra?\\
'''Sharon''' (mysteriously): There's no such place, Woody. It's only in Father's head.

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* Aran Ryan in ''PunchOut'' He isn't all that stereotypical though. He was a fairly generic fighter in ''Super Punch-Out!!'' but ''Punch-Out: Wii'' decided to make him ''[[AxCrazy completely fucking insane]].''
** ''"Ye don't look Irish!"''
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' gives us "Irish". The only reason John Marston tolerates his drunk, nun threatening ass is because Irish can supply him with a Gatling gun. (In his defence, he thought they was doxies.) On the other hand, he's one of the rare black-haired Irishmen in fiction.
* Roy [=McManus=] from ''[[ShadowHearts Shadow Hearts From The New World]]''. An ill-tempered, violent and power hungry Irish gang boss, [=McManus=] tried to seize up Chicago while Capone was locked in [[TheAlcatraz Alcatraz]]. He also had a most unrequited crush on Capone's sister Edna that led him to kidnap her. Sadly for both of them, Edna did not return his feelings and an enraged [=McManus=] pulled a gun and shot her dead.
* TheSuffering: Ties That Bind boasts an Irish Foundation soldier who promptly shouts 'Jaysus!' every 2-3 seconds. And boasts a deliciously Oirish accent the rest of the time.
* Atlas, your MissionControl from ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''. He later turns out to be [[spoiler:a fake persona cooked up by [[BigBad Frank Fontaine]], who is American. There's an implication he took the idea from posters for "Patrick and Moira", a play taking place in Rapture just before the shit hit the fan - notice what Atlas's wife and son are named]].
** [[VideoGame/BioShock2 The sequel]] brings us Simon Wales, the leader of a religion based around the ideas of [[BigBad Sofia Lamb]].
* The protagonist of ''TheSaboteur'', Sean Devlin, is sadly a perfect storm of Oirish stereotypes. His accent, [[InformedAttribute allegedly]] that of a man from Belfast, is not even close to the mark. Unsurprisingly he's voiced by an [[FakeIrish English actor]]. Much of his speech involves faux slang such as "top o' the morning", "to be sure" and various other turns of phrase no man from Belfast (or Ireland for that matter) has ever uttered. And finally Devlin is of course an explosives expert with a love of violence, womanizing and excessive drinking.

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* Aunt Nina of ''{{Lackadaisy}} Cats'' is the archetypal dour Irish matron. [[http://lackadaisycats.com/exhibit.php?exhibitid=320 This St. Patrick's Day strip]] wonderfully contrasts the two sides of the Irish stereotype: the cheerful, potato-eating step-dancing side, and the glum, pious, strict side.
** Rocky occasionally addresses his Irish-American cousin jokingly with these stereotypes, with lines such as "Freckle-lad, my most favorite potato eater!"
* [[spoiler: Dougie's father]] in ''Webcomic/WhatTheFu''. Worth noting though that it's only [[UnreliableNarrator Zac]] trying to imagine what may be going through Dougie's head at the time.
* Spoofed in ''GoblinHollow'' [[http://www.rhjunior.com/GH/00396.html with minty Tam O'Shanter shakes -- like a tall, cool, creamy glass of toothpaste.]]

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