St. Patrick’s Week: The Best Irish Teeshirts to Wear on St. Patrick’s Day (if you want to impress Irish people)

teeshirt by Hairy Baby. Hairstyle by ... bed

teeshirt by Hairy Baby. Hairstyle by … bed

By Niall McArdle

Disclaimer: I don’t work for Hairy Baby Clothing Company or have any association with them. I just like their teehsirts.

With less than a month to St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time to decide what to wear. You won’t impress anybody from Ireland this St. Patrick’s Day if you walk into the pub wearing this:

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No self-respecting Irish person would be caught dead in such a thing. It smacks just a little too much of this.

Expats: If you really want to show your Irishness, or if you are a wannabe Irish trying to impress an Irish person on the big day, you could do worse than visit Hairy Baby Clothing Company. The Irish company has been making Irish-themed teeshirts for people who “get it”, meaning the references are peculiarly Irish and may well mystify the rest of the world. With slogans such as “The crack was 90”, “langer”, “you’ll never guess who’s dead”, as well as celebrations of such Irish wonders as Bosco and Father Ted, the company makes tee-shirts that any Irish expat would be proud to wear.

Here is a selection.

hbm-who-said-mass-f-mgThe question many an Irish teenager was asked by their parents on Sundays. It was often followed by a Spanish Inquisition style interrogation about the sermon. It’s almost as if parents didn’t believe their kids went to Mass. Imagine.

hbm-the-immersion-f-ebVisitors to the Emerald Isle continue to be bemused at the mysteries of the Irish house

hbm-guaranteed-irish-f-cg_1You don’t see this slogan too much anymore in Ireland. It was a staple of my childhood, adorning everything from school exercise books to cereal boxes.

hbrw-bosco-kelly-f_1This is Bosco, an androgynous puppet who sprang out of a box, speaking cupla focail, scarring many an Irish childhood.

hbm-sound-as-a-pound-f-cgUniversal phrase of approval; can be used for people, places, pets, pubs, pints. The Irish pound, of course, no longer exists, but ‘sound as a euro’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

tedstee0027_black_full4A reference to one of the most famous scenes from the brilliant Father Ted:

ttm-my-lovely-horse-f-ag_1Another Father Ted teeshirt.

Neil Hannon of Irish band The Divine Comedy had a hand in writing the fictional Eurovision Song Contest entry

ttw-feck-off-cup-f-mb_2Yet another Father Ted tee, in honour of Father Jack

hbm-jax-beanjax-f-cgA brilliant punning tee that works on many levels that I’m almost loath to explain. The Jax (or jacks) is slang for what in polite society is called ‘the powder room’. Bean (pronounced BAN) is Gaeilge for ‘woman’. BANJAXED is also slang for ‘broken’.

See, when you try to explain it, it sounds silly, but I’m telling you: wear this teeshirt on St. Patrick’s day and you’ll get a smile out of any Irish people around.

You can get ready for St. Patrick’s Day by ordering your Hairy Baby teeshirt here.

If Father Ted or Bosco aren’t your thing, you could also show your support for a recently-anointed Irish icon, Miss Panti Bliss, by wearing this:


You’ll be sure to turn a few heads with that, especially if you’re marching in the New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

12 thoughts on “St. Patrick’s Week: The Best Irish Teeshirts to Wear on St. Patrick’s Day (if you want to impress Irish people)

  1. I won’t be wearing any of them Niall, but if I was going to, it would have to be one of the ‘Father Ted’ shirts, as this is one of my all-time favourite comedies, and still makes me laugh, just thinking about it.

    Although I have no Irish connections, I was born at 10pm on the 16th March, and my Dad always told me, ‘Two hours later, and we would have called you Patrick.’ So, my blog would have been called ‘beetleypat’!
    Cheers mate, Pete.


  2. This makes me wish that I’d celebrated St Patrick’s Day properly, because it just happened to be when I was there, but we were too tired from the trip. I did celebrate it nicely in the US though 😀


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