Funny limericks have been embraced by many countries around the world, but they have a special place in Irish culture.
From some of their earliest appearances in Edward Lear's The Book of Nonsense to today's modern masterpieces, limericks have caused millions of laughs with their simple, clever, often somewhat off-color humor.
Here is a collection of funny ones. For many more examples, check out our main section on Limerick Poems.
In the meantime, please enjoy our selection of funny Irish limericks!
There was a young fellow of Crete
Who was so exceedingly neat.
When he got out of bed,
He stood on his head
To make sure of not soiling his feet.
The bottle of scent Willie sent
Was quite displeasing to Millicent.
Her thanks were so cold
That they quarreled, I'm told,
'Bout that silly scent Willie sent Millicent.”
There was a girl from Rabat,
Who had triplets, Nat, Pat and Tat;
It was fun in the breeding,
But hell in the feeding,
When she found she had no tit for Tat.
A patient who kept getting worse
Cried out ‘I must go home now, nurse!
You've done all your best
And performed every test
But I've come to the end of my purse!
There once was a young man from Lyme
Who married three wives at a time.
When asked, "Why a third?"
He replied, "One's absurd,
And bigamy, sir, is a crime!"
At times I’m so mad that I’m hopping.
My angriness sets my veins popping.
I yell and I curse,
With swearwords diverse,
But my wife does much worse: she goes shopping"
There was a young fellow named Hall
Who fell in the spring in the fall.
'Twould have been a sad thing
Had he died in the spring,
But he didn't - he died in the fall.
There was a young fellow from Belfast
That I wanted so badly to tell fast
Not to climb up the stair
As the top step was air.
And that’s why the young fellow fell fast.
There was a young lady named Harris,
Whom nothing could ever embarrass,
Till the bath salts one day
In the tub where she lay
Turned out to be plaster of Paris
This one was submitted anonymously to our site. We appreciate the 'clean' version of a Nantucket limerick!
There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
His daughter, named Nan
Ran away with a man,
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.
We have much, much more to share! Continue to explore this unique poetic style in our main section on Irish Limerick poems.
There you will find hundreds of examples of limericks organized by type, making it easy to find what you are looking for!
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Irreverent humor is an essential part of Irish culture and heritage. You can share limericks like these during special occasions to celebrate your personal Irish side!
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