To work out wordplay that expects familiarity with Irish names, remember the ones you will meet most frequently in crosswords.
Guardian 25696 (Paul): Irishman I caught climbing over hospital memorial (8) CENOTAPH
PAT (Irishman) ONE (I) C (caught) climbing over i.e. reversed H (hospital)
FT 13347 (Dante): Irishman back in the post (4) MAIL
LIAM (Irishman) reversed
Guardian 25363 (Rufus): Irishman at church for spiritual guidance (6) SEANCE
SEAN (Irishman) CE (church)
Independent 7699 (Klingsor): Female takes Irishman with nothing out for a drink (6) SHERRY
SHE (female) RORY (Irishman) – O (nothing)
The next couple of words that could stand for "Irishman" in a clue are considered offensive. We do see them in crosswords but many comments on UK solving blogs object to such usage; the Independent crossword editor once said that he would not let Irishman = Mick appear in the Indy.
FT 13185 (Orense): Renegade state embraced by Irishman (5) MAVERICK
AVER (state) in MICK (Irishman)
THC 9292: Paddy and Company among Nilgiris horticulturists (5) IRISH
hidden in 'nilgIRIS Horticulturists'
Take a crack at these clues with Irishmen in them.
Everyman 3348: More than one loyalist Irishman disturbs the peace (8) ___R____
Telegraph Toughie 115 (Campbell): Irishman entertaining daughter in saloon (5) ___A_
Times 24141: Irishman takes a journey in returning to a far-off land (9) ___A___I_
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