Irish craic explained – the top six levels of craic you can reach

Craic is the Irish word that most confuses outsiders. Yet it is a relatively simple concept. It is the atmosphere, fun, carry on surrounding a particular night out. ”How was the craic” is the first question uppermost in most young Irish minds after a weekend.


Here’s the encyclopaedia definition:

“Craic” (/kræk/ KRACK), or “crack”, is a term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland. It is often used with the definite article – the craic.

Here we rate the six kinds of craic (actually an English word which for some reason is in every Irish person’s soul).

  1. Good craic: A fairly ok night out, fun but nothing too amazing.
  2. Mighty craic: Better than good craic, not quite at the highest level, someone did some crazy stuff maybe.
  3. Savage craic: Almost there, great night all together, everyone on top firm, Guinness flowing, great jokes.
  4. Deadly craic: A step above savage but not quit the Everest moment.
  5. The craic was ninety: The nirvana of craic, everything was amazing, incredible, everyone hooked up, the pints were great. No one quite sure how the word ninety came into it–a famous Christy Moore song “The craic was ninety in the Isle of Man” maybe. And lastly!
  6. Minus craic: That’s when a night goes wrong and essentially you’d have had more fun in a mausoleum.

So there are the six kinds of craic!