Green’s Dictionary of Slang

culchie n.

also culchy, culshie
[coined at University College, Galway, to describe agricultural students; ? Irish Coillte mach (Kiltimagh) Co. Mayo; Irish coillte, woods; Irish cúl a’ tí, the backdoor of the great house, to which peasants would be directed; note Behan, Confessions of an Irish Rebel (1965): ‘One night, Culchiemachs, as we call the Irish-speaking people, wished to play a game of pitch and toss’]

1. (Irish) a derog. term for a country-dweller, as used by a townsperson; note ad hoc v. used in cit. 1899.

[[Ire] ‘The Munster-Man’s Bothabue’ Luke Caffrey’s Gost 3: But I’ll away to Culchy fair my Bothabue to find, / I’ll range the flow’ry meadows gay in hopes that they prove kind, / There is three doctors there and if they get the fee, / They will restore to me once more my sporting Bothabue].
[US]J.W. Davis Gawktown Revival Club 3: The typical western town, whose inhabitants have not as yet become smitten with a burning itch to be accounted ‘culchahed’ by the fag end of some remnant of a ‘higher civilization’.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 268: You’re coming on a very bright boy – for a Culchie.
[Ire]Eve. Press 21 Nov. n.p.: Stewmers are the next best thing to goms, but whilst a countryman was once pointed out to me as being a stewmer, you’ll find a few culchies who are goms [BS].
[Ire]C. Brown Down All the Days 170: That frosty-nosed bastard of a Corkman [...] A bleeding culshie for your life.
[Ire]J. Morrow Confessions of Proinsias O’Toole 52: The townees hate the culchies worse than they do each other.
[UK]B. Geldof Is That It? 26: We Dublin boys called the country pupils ‘culchies’, which they hated.
[Ire]B. Quinn Smokey Hollow 21: A crybaby as well as a culchie.
[UK]J. Hawes Dead Long Enough 262: You really do think we’re all a bunch of eejit culchies, don’t you?
[UK]Guardian Weekend 19 May 43: Like many Belfast residents, Pamela Hunter is a ‘culchy’, an urbanite’s derogatory term for country folk.
A. Schuler When Gaelic Spirits Wake 101: ‘A culchie—well if I’m not a culchie than neither are the mother suckling sheep fuckers in Kerry!’.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[Ire]R. Doyle Van (1998) 499: She was one of those culchie-looking women, roundy and red.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 295: ‘Well, you never did a day’s work when you had two good hands [...]’ he says in a culshie accent.