Why are the irish always shown to be a bit thick….
PMSL! You’ve been to Bundoran!
The only town where West Belfast Black Taxis take their hols…….
It wasn’t there, although I have been to Bundoran. Yuck. Like a pimple on blackpools bum.
What did they say to you toys19, you British bastard?
Pretty much exactly that you papist fahk.Posted 6 years agoSSTMember
In Greece they tell jokes about “thick Turks”, here in SA – well it’s either “black” or the equivalent to an “irishman” would be a “Van Der Merwe” pronounced Van Der Merva joke.
Isn’t it just like blonde jokes though? Not all blondes are thick. Maybe not even a majority? 😉Posted 6 years agomarkenduroMember
Think it could relate to the way some of the original labourers that came over here to build most of our infrastructure were not highly educated. Most of the people leaving now in the current exodus are all leaving with degrees and a much higher skill level in general, so hopefully the thick Irish ‘jokes’ will finally get put to bed.
There are still a few parts of Ireland which make father ted look like it was a documentary though….Posted 6 years agoDezBSubscriber
Any country that’s spent so long fighting their own countymen over 2 sides of the same religion and weather to be united or divided has to be a bit stupid.
I asked Ton’s question to my parents back when I was a young nipper. We used to watch “The Comedians” on ITV.Posted 6 years ago
The answer sort of made sense to me (well it must’ve done, because it’s stuck with me to this day) and it’s what PP says.
Maybe it shows my parent’s ignorance or not, I don’t know (my mum was brought up in South Africa and is quite racist (if you can be “quite” racist!)), but warring over religion is seemed stupid to me when I was a kid. Doesn’t seem any cleverer now to be honest.grumMember
Fairly standard colonial trait of dehumanising/degrading your subjects in order to justify the colonisation – ‘civilising’ the savages etc. That and many people’s only experience of Irish people was badly educated itinerant workers.
What we have now is the tail-end of that legacy IMO.Posted 6 years agoMrs ToastMember
It’s interesting when you know people from different countries that they all have similar jokes about their neighbours – someone already mentioned the Dutch/Belgian rivalry, but I’ve also heard ‘Irish’ style jokes from Indians about Pakistanis, Newzealanders about Aussies, Swedes about the Finnish, etc.Posted 6 years agokiloSubscriber
Think it could relate to the way some of the original labourers that came over here to build most of our infrastructure were not highly educated.
An Irishman goes for a job on a building site and the gaffer says “Paddy as you micks are all a bit thick I’ll have to test you before you can have the job. What’s the difference between a joist and a girder?”
The Irishman thinks for a second and replies ” Sure that’s easy joist wrote Ulysses and girder wrote Faust.”
I’ll get my coatPosted 6 years agoduckmanMember
Dunno if it has been said, but a lot of the British “intervention” in Ireland was justified by suggesting the Irish were savages, think the Highland Clearances of the sullen,benighted,backward Scots on a far greater,harsher scale.I would suggest this is why we have a lingering series of jokes about the Irish. Made it easier to explain the treatment of them for 200 years.Posted 6 years ago
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