Slur Represents Reason & Origins
Bog-Jumper Irish Many bogs in Ireland
Bog-trotter Irish Abundance of bogs in Ireland
Carrot Top Irish Hair color.
Cat-lick Irish Catholic - Cat-lick.
Clover Irish Clovers are prevalent in Irish society.
Clown Irish Not used so much as a racial slur, however, the classic clown is based on a stereotyped image of Irish people: bushy red hair, a large red nose (from excessive drinking), and colorful clothes often with plaids, and often with a great many patches to represent that the Irish were poor and could not buy themselves new clothes. With excessive plaid is a Scottish variation.
Coal-Cracker Irish Many Irish immigrants mined coal.
Donkey Irish It was cheaper to hire an irishman than a donkey in the pennsylvania coal minning days of the 1800's
Drunk Irish Irish are stereotypically drunks.
F.B.I. Irish Foreign Born Irish
Fenian Irish Refers to Irish Roman Catholic immigrants living in such large U.K. cities as Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester. Also used by Protestants to demean Catholics in Northern Ireland. Irish republicans use it to identify themselves as a member of Sien Fienn, the political party of the IRA. Derived from Gaelic stories of the Fianna, a mythical group of warriors. Not inherently derogatory.
Fire Bush Irish Red hair.
Fire Crotch Irish They have red hair
Frotch Irish See: Fire Crotch
Fumblin' Dublin Irish Known as a slur for drunk, unemployed, Irish men. They are usually found under the influence outside of Dublin's bars.
Green Irish The Irish were once loosely called the green race.
Green Nigger Irish Mainly in US cities with large Irish populations. Used to denote the Irish, who many hold in the same regard as blacks.
Harp Irish Perhaps derived from the fact that Harp Ale is brewed in Ireland or that the Harp is popular instrument amongst the Irish. The harp is also the symbol of Ireland, a green flag with a harp is displayed by a lot of Irish people.
Hibe Irish Short for Hibernian (of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland or the Irish).
Leprechaun Irish From the well-known old Irish myth of the chubby green-clad gnome (what happens when you mix Catholicism with Paganism). Popularized in America by Lucky from the Lucky Charms cereal and St. Patrick's Day.
Mackerel Snapper Irish It can be applied to any Catholic, Irish or otherwise. In the past, Catholics were forbidden from eating meat on Fridays. They got around this sort of the same way some vegetarians do, by eating fish (although technically this is not vegetarian, but "pescetarian"). Still observed in heavily-Catholic areas (they even have school/church fish-fry Fridays).
Mead Irish The Irish are commonly drunk on mead and mead-derived alcohols
Mick/Mic/Mc Irish Many Irish surnames begin with "Mc" or "Mac." Many Irish are also named after the famed Michael Collins, making Michael (Mick) a very common name. Not as derogatory as Paddy.
Mucker Irish Used in Boston because Irish immigrants could mostly only find employment helping to fill in the Back Bay which was at the time, marsh and water.
Narrow Back Irish The son or daughter of an Irish immigrant.
Nina Irish No Irish Need Apply (from the days of the potato famine and they immigrated to the US and nobody wanted to hire them)
Paddy Irish Used mainly in Britain. Similar negativity connotations as "nigger". Comes from St. Patrick and/or from the common Irish name Padraig. Also spelled Patty.
Paddy Wagon Irish Variation of "paddy." The term Paddy Wagon derives from the idea that the Irish were all criminals, and when the police came to quell a brawl or something of the like, they would just be rounding up a bunch of "paddys."
Plastic Paddy Irish Term used by the Irish describing those who grew up in the a foreign country (specifically the UK) and still identify as being Irish.
Pogue Irish Possibly from Irish Gaelic "pogue mo thoin", meaning "kiss my arse". Could also refer to the Irish folk group "The Pogues" who did popular traditional Irish songs.
Pot-Licker Irish During the potato famine, the would lick their pots clean to get every last morsel of food.
Potato Breath Irish The Irish are notorious for their love of the potato
Potato Head Irish The Irish grow potatoes.
Potato Nigger Irish Because they eat lots of potatoes
Potato-Eater Irish Irish eat potatoes. Used in Gangs of New York.
Proddy Irish Northern Irish Protestants. Shortened, diminutive form of Protestant.
Provo Irish Shortened form of "Provisional Irish Republican Army (I.R.A.)" which is the most noted of the pro Northern Irish independence terrorist groups.
Shamrock Nigger Irish Shamrocks represent Ireland's heritage
Shant Irish Poor Irish People. Derived from the shacks they lived in -- the shanty.
Shillelagh-Hugger Irish A shillelagh is a staff commonly use by the Irish
Sid Irish Small Irish Dick. Irishmen are proud of their manhood
Spud Irish The heavy influence of the potato in Ireland.
Spudnigger Irish Irish/Potato relationship. Also, Spudfucker.
Taig Irish Means "hero" in Gaelic. Used today as an insult by the Loyalist community in N Ireland.
Tater Tot Irish Irish Child.
Thick Mick Irish Commonly used in England where Irish immigrants did much of the manual labour. Thick meaning stupid, Mick as an abbreviation of Michael, a common Irish Christian name.
Tory Irish Bandit, from the Irish Tory Island, a noted have for bandits and pirates. Also common slang term for a member of Canada's Conservative party.
Turf-Cutter Irish Turf is peat moss, found in deep layers in Ireland. It was originally cut by most Irish farmers and used as fuel (an early form of coal). More modernly, it could apply to any drunk Irishmen working as greenkeepers, such as on golf courses.
White Nigger Irish Blacks called Irish Americans this during the 1800's in retaliation to being called "Nagurs"