Here Are Some Little Known Facts About Irish Exits In Preparation For St. Patrick’s Day


There are only two occasions I wake up and have a Guiness for breakfast: 1.) St. Patrick’s Day and 2.) the other 364 days of the year. Now that I’ve written that into existence, I think I may have a problem.

But, we’ll save the intervention for after this weekend–St. Paddy’s Day aka Text The Ex Day aka I’m Too Drunk To Taste This Corned Beef Day aka The Biggest Drinking Day of the Year.

One thing that embedded in the puke-encrusted fabric of St. Patrick’s Day is the Irish Exit. For For those who are unfamiliar with the term, an Irish Exit consists of leaving quietly out the side door of a bar or party without saying goodbye to anyone, thus avoiding the wrath of friends or the peer pressure to drink until your heart stops.

We’ve all got that one or eight friends that have garnered a reputation out of jetting early and unannounced and after some heavy razzing at a greasy breakfast the next day, everyone usually agrees that it was probably the best move.

The folks over at the ride sharing service Lyft recently surveyed over 1,000 people in the run-up to St. Paddy’s Day to uncover some interesting information about Irish Exiting. According to the survey:

  • 3 out of 4 people have done an Irish Goodbye in their life
  • Males are more likely to Irish Goodbye than females
  • Millennials are most likely to Irish Goodbye
  • Southerns and Midwesterners are less likely that their Northern and Western counterparts to Irish Goodbye

For those of you planning to bail early this weekend, make sure to order a Lyft or other ride share to avoid any regrettable decisions.



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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.