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An Irish Joke do tell and recipe for Irish Soda Bread: Paddy was a Drink'in Man

Updated on March 14, 2013
"Paddy Was a Drink'in Man......"
"Paddy Was a Drink'in Man......" | Source

Paddy was a Drink’in Man ya Know......

At the end of every week, he would take half of his paycheck and go down to the local pub and have a pint …..or two or three with all his drink’in pals.

Paddy’s dear beloved wife Katherine was a very patient woman and although she never said a word to her Paddy, she didn't care for him spending so much time at the pub drink’in away his paycheck every week.

Paddy could see that Katherine was not pleased with him, and the last thing he ever wanted to do was to make his dear Katherine upset with him. So with good intention in his heart, he announced one day that he was gonna “give up the drink!”

Paddy came home from work one Friday with his paycheck in hand as he had been doing for the past two months and once again he happily gave it to his dear Katherine. She kissed him on the cheek and said, “Paddy, my love, you have been such a good and faithful husband. You've been coming home every night, hand’n me your paycheck at the end of every week and not even thinking about the drink! Tonight I have a surprise for thee! Tonight, I am gonna make your favorite meal, the escargot!”

Katherine continued, “But I need ya to go down to the corner market and get me a bag of snails.”

Paddy was so happy! Off he went with a skip in his step whistling an Irish ditty.
Paddy arrived at the corner market and went inside to retrieve his bag of treasures for his much anticipated meal later that evening.”

From behind the counter an excited voice was heard, “Paddy me boy, how are ya? I haven’t seen ya since two months of a full moon! Where have ya been?” Paddy spotted his favorite drink’in pal Lucas smiling brilliantly from behind the register. “Oh, well I've given up the drink ya know, for my dear wife Katherine and tonight's she's mak'in me favorite meal, the escargot!"
“Well that’s a noble thing to do Paddy, especially for the little woman.” How about ya let me take ya next door for a wee pint to celebrate you giv’n up the drink for your dear wife Katherine?”, Lucas said. Paddy replied, “Oh, I better not. I promised her I would pick up the snails and come right home.”

Needling Paddy a little more Lucas said enticingly, “ Awwwe, just one wee pint for old time sake and I’ll make sure you get yourself and your snails home in time for your dear wife Katherine to make your favorite meal.”

Paddy willingly accepted the offer and off they went next door to the pub. Lucas ordered up a round of drinks for himself and Paddy. Just as Paddy was swallowing his last gulp, in walks Sean and Patrick who were so excited to see their old drink’in pal. Before he knew it, Paddy was drinking his third pint while the boys were ordering up the fourth.

Four hours passed by quickly and Paddy just happened to look at his watch and noticed it was 11 pm!
“Ah dear Lord!, Paddy exclaimed, “My dear wife Katherine is gonna have me head on a platter!”
Paddy picked up his bag of snails and bid good night to his pals!

Walking from one side of the road to the other and singing the same Irish ditty as before only with an apparent slur, Paddy finally reaches home and approaches the white picket fence that welcomes visitors. Paddy flings open the gate and proceeds to walk through tripping over the first flagstone and falling head first to the ground. The bag of treasures ripped open and snails went flying all over the ground.

Paddy slowly picked himself up, half dusted himself off and proceeded to pick up the snails, when the door flew open wide. There in the doorway was Paddy’s dear beloved wife Katherine with her hands on her hips, foot tapping wildly and the light shining brightly behind her as if the fire from a dragon was emitting from every pore of this stoutly woman. “PADDY O’HARA! Do ya have any idea what time it tis?

Paddy as drunk as he was, managed to stand himself up. With all the composure of a drunken sailor and the courage of a sober one, Paddy looked at his wife and said, “I shurtantly do! Ish nearly eleven dirty!” and without pause, looked down at the snails and said, “C’mon boys, we're almost home!”

Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Good Ol' Irish Soda Bread

In Ireland, this classic bread is served the day it's made with plenty of butter. To cut your calories down considerably, top it off with spreadable fruit, or simply toast and enjoy!

Preparation and Baking Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: 10 Servings


  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
5 stars from 1 rating of Irish Soda Bread


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F; speay a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, currants, caraway seeds, lemon zest, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk and honey. Pour over the flour mixture; stir until the flour is just moistened (do not overstir)
  3. Lightly sprinkle a work surface with flour; turn out the dough. Flour your hands and knead the dough lightly 7 times. Form into a 7" round loaf; place on the baking sheet. With a sharp knife or single edge razor blade, slash a cross on the top; sprinkle with the sugar. Bake on the upper shelf in the oven until browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Elizabeth Rayen
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About the Author

Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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Comments: An Irish Joke Do Tell: Paddy Was a Drink'in Man Ya Know

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    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      6 years ago from California

      Hahahahahahah vocalcoach..... do you REALLY want me to answer that??? I have a video I can share if Blackmail is ever needed!! Love you! ♥

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      You never cease to amaze me! How is it that I missed this hilarious hub. It's perfect for St. Patricks' Day or anytime a good laugh is warranted. Your soda bread sounds yummy. I have never had this before. Thanks for this entertaining hub and voted up, UFAI and sharing.

      P.S. Wonder if Paddy ever had the luxury of a chocolate martini? (I understand they very good.) :)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you thoughtforce! I'm so please you enjoyed it! Irish soda bread is very good, of course the "proper" way to eat it is warm out the oven and with lots of butter! (My favorite way) However, I took the lighter side of the recipe so it could be enjoyed with little or no guilt. Hehe :) Thank you for the vote and sharing! :)

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      Christina Lornemark 

      8 years ago from Sweden

      Great hub and a lovely story as well! Irish soda bread is totally new to me but it sound tasty too. Thanks for the recipe and for the way you told this story with warmth and humor! voted up, sharing, funny and more!


    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Thelma! I am glad you liked the joke. I have a lot of fun telling it. I certainly appreciate the shares! :)

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Hahaha, very funny!!! I love the story and the fresh soda bread with butter. Thanks for the recipe. Bookmark for later use. I'll definitely SHARE this hub with others;-)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      lol Thank you molometer! It could have been me grandfather! hehe.

      I love soda bread warm out of the oven as well. Thank you for your comment! :)

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      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      You caught the Irish brogue to a tea.

      I have seen that fella walking, using the whole street lol

      Soda bread is lovely fresh out of the oven.Too

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      lol! Thanks AE! I am not fond of the little garden creatures myself! Maybe it's the slime... who knows! LOL Glad ya liked the joke!:)

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Delightful! lololo! Thank you for the recipe too! Katherine and Paddy were an adorable pair! Escargot I am not keen on! lololo! :)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Here! Here! Thank you tillsontitan! :)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you Daisy! I tried to write it as I tell the joke in person. LoL. I'm glad it came out that way. I love soda bread as well. This recipe is pretty easy. I love "easy."

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Nice tie in with the Irish Soda Bread Recipe! God bless all the Paddy's and Katherine's!

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      8 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      What a great Hub! I like how you used the dialogue when discussing Paddy. I could hear the Irish accent as I read.

      Thanks for the including the recipe. I love Irish Soda Bread. I'll have to try baking it.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      haha Ardie! Now THAT could be a Hub in itself! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you raciniwa! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      8 years ago from Neverland

      hahah! You're so funny and such a pleasure to read :P I will try this recipe but my Irish blood just doesn't contain the baking genes. It might be a joke all of its own how it turns out!!

    • raciniwa profile image


      8 years ago from Talisay City, Cebu cute and funny...

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you Cindy! I love making you smile! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      This was so very cute! You do spin a good yarn! Thanks for making me smile!

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      My pleasure dobo! :)

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Ferry Funny, thanks for the laugh.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      hehhehehhe.. Thanks RHW! You should have seen me write it.. I was jibbering accents all over the place! Glad ya liked it Lass! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Too funny! I love the way you handled the accent! It was perfect!!

      Come on lol lol

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      I actually tried the "Weight Watchers" version that I listed. It's actually very tasty, however, as much as I hate to admit it, I do love butter, so I cheated a little and had mine with butter. (don't tell)lol Happy you liked the joke! I love telling it in person.:)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      8 years ago from Planet Earth

      What a cute joke - and you painted the story very well! Thanks, also, for the great recipe. Irish soda bread is a classic - I hope I get to try it soon. Voted up, funny and useful.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Awwe Thank you cclitgirl! I'm happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for the vote up! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      8 years ago from Western NC

      Paddy's story is so cute...well, maybe not cute, but it "shure" did make me smile. :) I've never tried Irish Soda Bread. One of these days I'll make that. Yum!

      Voted up and across.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      LOL... Thanks Poohgranma! I'm pleased I could send a chuckle your way this morning! Hope the rest of your day is wonderful! :)

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Vellur. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the vote up! :)

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Thanks Bell! This joke was told to me years ago. It's much funnier in person and using the irish accent, but I think it reads funny as well! Happy St. Patricks day soon! Lisa

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      8 years ago from On the edge

      A great story telling, had a good chuckle this morning!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Had a good time reading this hub. Enjoyed it. Voted up.

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      bell du jour 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      lol very funny! it's wonderful how everyone in the world embraces St Patricks day. Voted up and funny



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