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What Exactly Is An Irish Goodbye And How Do You Do It

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Ever heard the expression, “Ah, sure he did an Irish goodbye”?

Well, it is quite a popular party trick.

What is an Irish goodbye? It is basically when you leave somewhere unannounced.

  • Basically, you sneak out of a club, party, pub or any establishment you are in. 
  • There is a certain whimsical joy to the whole process. If you have ever done it, you know exactly what I am talking about. 

Some of you might be saying, why the hell would anyone do an Irish goodbye/exit!?

Well, good question; well for starters, it is fun! Your first Irish goodbye will be a thing of bliss. Think about it, the party is going on till 6 in the morn, and you have a sudden moment of clarity. 

Not only are you saving breaking up the party mid-party, but nobody really cares. If you have ever experienced anyone doing this at a party, it goes something like this:

“Where did Stephen go!!!!!?” 

“No clue ba, probably head home” 

“No way! I can’t believe it!!!” *now, where is my beer*

*forgets that Stephen has left*

And that is about as much of a mention you will get when you do an Irish goodbye. 

Is an Irish goodbye rude?

Irish goodbye

Obviously, there are some situations where you shouldn’t just disappear. Like at the start of a party, haha. But honestly, people will likely not even realise you left nor care that you left. 

In a way, you are actually doing a good thing; the host can carry on hosting without having to interrupt the conversation and put a downward spin on the party. Unless you make it a regular habit, the Irish goodbye is one of the easiest ways to leave without anyone noticing. 

You will get a few hours extra sleep and subtract a few beers, so it’s a win-win! 

The Irish goodbye is practised all around the world, even by the many Irish living in Australia.

Don’t forget to send a text or let possibly one person know. The last thing you want is someone freaking out and asking around looking for Stephen. 

Have you ever done it? Comment below

If you plan an Irish exit in advance, it can make for a spectacular disappearance.

People who have done a few of these can almost completely get away with a swift exit. 

Have you done an Irish exit in the past? Be sure to share and comment below. 

Thanks for reading,

Stephen Palmer

P.S If you love all things Irish, like Irish jokes, recipes and heritage, you will enjoy my weekly email. Every Friday, I send out a brief summary of what has been happening on the site. You can even do an Irish goodbye and unsubscribe if it is not your cup of tea, haha. Join here! 


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Mc Douch

Sunday 20th of November 2022

suk my Blarney stone

shelia folley

Sunday 27th of January 2019

Is there any other way to leave???.

Irish Around The World

Monday 28th of January 2019

Haha it is the best way! :P