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Possibly from Kiltimagh, a town in County Mayo, Ireland, or from Irish coillte (woods).


culchie (plural culchies)

  1. (Dublin, slang, pejorative, offensive) A rural person.[1]
    • 1987, Roddy Doyle, The Commitments, King Farouk, Dublin:
      1. Only culchies shop in Clery's but, said Billy.
      2. An' Dubliners are the niggers of Ireland. The culchies have fuckin' everythin'. An' the northside Dubliners are the niggers o' Dublin. —Say it loud, I'm black an' I'm proud.
    • 1991, Management Centre Europe, Industrial relations Europe, Volume 19, Issue 264.
      New European Social Affairs Commissioner Padraig Flynn, 53, is a flamboyant wheeler-dealer of a kind common in Irish (and American) political life. For most of his quarter-century in Ireland's parliament, he was regarded as the archetypal "culchie", Dublin slang for an unpolished, reactionary rural type.
    • 2005, Raymond Hickey, Dublin English: evolution and change, John Benjamins Publishing Company.
      A dismissive attitude towards rural accents was all too prevalent: accents outside Dublin being described as 'culchie, bogger, mucker' accents.


  1. ^ Dublin English: evolution and change p. 106, by Raymond Hickey. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2005. ISBN 90-272-4895-8.