Billy Connolly has been criticised for an expletive-ridden tirade against a photographer in Ireland.

The comedian cursed profusely at Valerie O'Sullivan, who was the official photographer at his INEC show in Killarney on Thursday (May 2).

Connolly issued a tirade of abuse at the photographer when she got in his eyeline during his stand-up show.

When asked about the incident on RTÉ's Marian Finucane show, Connolly said he did not realise the photographer was a woman.

He said: "I was kind of rude to her. I didn't know it was a woman -- I could only see her in the shadows halfway up the [INEC] hall".

"I told her to go away and then I told her to go away in a Glaswegian way. It only takes two words."

When asked if he regretted the incident, he said: "Certainly not, I am very proud of it."

The comedy legend later tweeted: "I met some lovely people after the gig in Killarney. We talked for ages, it was lovely.

"I seem to have caused a little ripple on the lakes of Killarney by telling a photographer to get the hell out of my eye line. No regrets.

"The photographer seems to have run to the media weeping about the big bad comedian who gave her a hard time. Boo hoo."

Listen back to the Marian Finucane show here and tune in live/listen back via the RTÉ Radio Player here