A beautiful, dark green island off of the coast of Britain which contains the following:

* Cattle and god Irish beef
* Sheep and good ole Irish wool
* Roman Catholics
* Award winning football teams
* Hurling (an Irish sport a tad like lacrosse)
* Catholics and Catholic churches
* A historical industry of potato farming and proud, strong Irishmen
* A modern industry in computer technology
* An immortal history in alcohol
* Catholics, Catholic priests, Catholic nuns
* The world's most recognised Catholic Saint, Saint Patrick
* A bitter history with Britain starting in the 1200s or so and continuing, possibly to this very day, including:

* The Norman conquests

* The Tudor reconquests and oppression

* The rebellions and the Penal Laws

* The Easter Rising of 1915

* Bloody Sunday 1971

* The Hunger Strike of 1981

* and all of the fighting, death, and protests made before, in between and after
* Catholic politicians who want a completely free Ireland
* Protestant politicians wanting Ireland to be in Union with Britain
* Drunkies in the public houses who couldn't care less
* Speaking of pubs, Guinness

And did I mention they're 80 percent Catholic?
Ireland is the greenest country on Earth. Many a great person came from Ireland and spread the Irish spirit of hospitality, generosity, and humour to the shores of the nations. Truly, this country is a blessing to the world.

And most of them are Catholic, too.
by TarkanAttila22 May 03, 2010
Lovely green rainy island that is full of smart friendly people for the most part. Historically an oppressed and poor country, a large part of their economy was generated through tourism, as much of the island's population emmigrated to other countries over the decades. Very smart and witty population, well educated and known for their literature, music and humor.
However, there are quite a few Irish who claim to know their history but don't. While they Yank bash they tend to forget that without US Irish American funds they never would have been able to fight their war of independence and form the Irish Republic, and the peace talks in the North would never have happened without US involvement. So without those Irish-Americans who you say aren't Irish (we don't claim to be - note that we say Irish American. Once Ireland starts having more immigrant offspring they'll begin to get the concept)Ireland would still be part of the UK. Your country was basically bought with US cash and guns, some Irish Americans even came over from the US to fight for it as well. Some would say the Irish are rather ignorant and ungrateful. But then I guess that it would be stereotyping to judge an entire country on a few yobs who hate Americans.

Anyone who is a citizen of the Republic of Ireland is Irish. Treat immigrants well when they arrive in Ireland, remember that the Irish were taken in when they went to England, Australia and the US.
Ireland, Ulster,Guinness,Yeats,rain,New york, ellis island
by NYC Gingerman August 09, 2007
A country where everyone is related to one another in some shape or form, as a result of mass emmigration and boredom (leading to over-enthusiastic reproduction and interbreeding). The mass emmigration also led to the larger percent of America to have some ancestor of Irish decent. Americans have some strange habit/obsession with pointing out this fact.

On the bright side, it is a very friendly nation.
-My great-grandmother was from Ireland!
-Oh, maybe she was related to my great-aunt!
by Gummyworm enthusiast May 01, 2010
Twentieth largest island on the planet. West of Great Britain. Home to Brendan Behan, U2 and the original Guinness brewery. Used to get most of the rain in Europe, now thankfully changing due to global warming, proving that it is an ill wind and all that. Exports include the above rock group, an above average slice (for the island's population) of the world's greatest writers, the above dark beverage with a creamy head on, oodles of women with unwanted pregnancies, a few deliveries of Semtex, milk, beef, and formerly, streams of missionaries. Currently is the grip of a "tiger economy" which doesn't seem so feline if you leave out the wobbly property market. Wouldn't be such a bad place if it wasn't for Limerick and a couple of places in the Six Counties.
Ireland. Last chance to make a will before the Atlantic.
by Fearman November 24, 2007
A country whose inhabitants are ridiculously sensitive about being stereotyped as drunken karaoke singers who like a good fight and who seeth in raging pits of anger whenever anyone English or American even mentions the word leprechaun or claims to have Irish ancestry. All that rage, despite the fact that millions of Brits and Yanks actually do descend from Ireland (and kept Ireland from total financial ruin by way of remittance payments) and thousands of Irish people in leprechaun costumes grace the streets of Dublin every Paddy's Day and inevitably sing Fields of Athenry and drink 20 pints of larger before getting in the fight with the dude who knocked into their bag of chips.
You're not Irish I'm Irish because only people who live in Ireland are Irish.... I know nothing about the concept of ethnicity or identity politics in New World countries because I webbed 6 jagerbombs last night, I'm so proud of myself.
by EamonnOG December 11, 2006
Got Rich thanks to EU money, But now they gotta pay up cause they are not the poorest country now that others have joined. They had a good run but looks likes it's time to pay the piper for this money grabbing Isle.
Ireland, You had to be born there to be Irish. I am talking to you "Irish" americans
by Harry bosch May 29, 2006
Ireland is at the western-most edge of Europe, and a rather wonderful edge it is. Its people, along with the Americans and Asians have salvaged the English language as an artistic force. Unfortunately Ireland harbours a peculier condition whereby everything North American, regardless of its stupidity, is considered exceptionally 'grand'.

Coupled with this Ireland has a tendency for its less educated, yet more vocal 10% of the population to bleat nonsense about 'Black and Tans' and generally deride the English, this is regardless of the fact that during WW2, the joint would have become Hitler's private golfing resort without them.

It is a site of:

Unmatched art and culture

Willful ignorance, hypocricy and begrudgery

A technically perfect quasi-socialist Government

High rural suicide rates

Inflatable tri-colour hammers






Casual racism

Cultural openness

Challenging, maddening, gorgeous women

Rampant alcoholism

Men with square heads

Ginger children

People called Seamus

Passports with harps on them

Crap roads


Bosco the puppet

Stereotypically superior potatos
Ireland generally is confused, self-contradictory, flawed and possibly the most honestly human place on Earth because of it. Thank fuck for that...
by Clem November 21, 2005

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