To depart, as from a bar or pub, without notifying the friends or family you are with.
Reed: "Hey, where is Dodge? He was supposed to buy the next round."
Collin: "I saw him about 20 minutes ago, standing next to the bar, swaying while he ordered a shot."
Reed: "You know what that means. He is probably a mile away by now, stumbling along a sidewalk, on his way home."
Collin: "He is truly the master of the Irish Goodbye."
Leaving quietly out the side door of a party or bar without saying goodbye to anyone. Mostly due to the fact that family or friends would most likely take your keys away for being to intoxicated.
Irish goodbye O'leary? You should not have been driving!
In Germany we call this since a long time a "French Goodbye"! With the exception that this person "forgot" to pay his bill.
"Where's Karl? Who's paying the bill?" "Oh, I think he just did a french goodbye!"(German for Irish Goodbye)
A goodbye taking more than 1 hour and in which a new conversation begins. People can spend hours on end standing in the driveway talking, during an Irish Goodbye. Not limited to Irish people, but very common among large Irish Families.
This type of goodbye is different because the more serious one is about leaving, the longer they stay around for.
T: Im going to bed for real
H: Okay goodnight
T: Wait, did you hear the new ___ album yet?
H: Yes, wasnt it amazing??
T: Most awesome of all time because...
*3 hours later*
T: Okay this Irish Goodbye must come to an end. I'm going to just hang up the phone otherwise we'll never stop talking.
word of the day: November 20, 2011
leaving the bar or anywhere for that matter, without closing niceties, like a kiss goodbye to that annoying girl or mentioning something to your friends
Where'd Cornelius go?
He must have pulled another Irish goodbye, that bastard.