My wife brought this issue up that generalizes about Irish people and my attitude is always “anecdotes aren’t data,” but I was curious enough about this issue to seek some input from this board.
My wife is an artist and she often goes to Europe for a few weeks at a time to attend art workshops. These workshops are very intense, run by very skilled artists, they are expensive, and they are working on very limited time to acquire high-level skills that require a lot of hard work and concentration.
The students come from all over—Australia, Japan, Canada, the United States, Pakistan, the Middle East, and all over Europe.
The classes run all day, and in the evenings, the students get together for a bit to socialize, have dinner and a few drinks, and also to take the opportunity to see museums, ateliers, historical sites, etc., nearby, and then get to bed with plenty of time for sleep to begin working hard again early the next morning.
All except the Irish students, at least the ones that my wife has met during these programs. The Irish will waste no time in finding the nearest bar or pub run by an Irish expatriate or specifically catering to Irish people abroad. They will then spend every night at that same bar drinking late into the night.
Invariably, the Irish students will show up in the mornings sleep deprived or hung over, interfering with their ability to fully take advantage of the master lessons at the workshop.
So my question is in your experience, does this fit any kind of a pattern of Irish abroad, or a significant subset of Irish abroad? Can we say anything about why or why not this might be the case?