Ireland’s public holidays are listed below. In Ireland (like in other countries), public holidays may celebrate a particular day or event, such as St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas Day. Most businesses and schools are closed on public holidays (sometimes known as bank holidays – a colloquialism). Other services, such as public transportation, continue to function, albeit with modified timetables.
The following are the nine public holidays observed in Ireland each year:
|1 January||New Year’s Day||Lá Cailleor|
Lá Bliana Nua
|The majority of people also take time off on New Year’s Eve (Oche Chinn Bliana).|
|17 March||Saint Patrick’s Day||Lá Fhéile Pádraig||It’s a national holiday. In 1903, it was declared an official public holiday in Ireland.|
|Moveable Monday||Easter Monday||Luan Cásca||The day following Easter Sunday (Domhnach Cásca) falls on the same day as the Easter Rising commemoration. Although Good Friday (Aoine a Chéasta) is not a national holiday, it is observed by all state schools and certain companies.|
|Moveable Monday||May Day||Lá Bealtaine||May 1st is the first Monday of the month. It was first noticed in 1994.|
|Moveable Monday||June Holiday||Lá Saoire i mí an Mheithimh||The first Monday in June is a national holiday in the United States. Until 1973, it was known as Whit Monday.|
|Moveable Monday||August Holiday||Lá Saoire i mí Lúnasa||The first Monday in August.|
|Moveable Monday||October Holiday||Lá Saoire i mí Dheireadh Fómhair||The last Monday in October. (Lá Saoire Oíche Shamhna). First observed in 1977.|
|25 December||Christmas Day||Lá Nollag||The majority of people begin their Christmas festivities on Christmas Eve (Oche Nollag), which includes taking time off work.|
|26 December||St. Stephen’s Day||Lá Fhéile Stiofáin or Lá an Dreoilín||The day following Christmas is dedicated to Saint Stephen’s feast day. The Wren’s Day is referred to as Lá a Dreoiln.|
Even if a public holiday occurs on a Saturday or Sunday, or overlaps with another public holiday, it is usually celebrated (as a day off work) on the following available weekday. An employee is entitled to at least one of the following (as determined by the employer): a day off within a month, an extra day of paid yearly leave, or an additional day’s salary under such circumstances. The standard procedure is to provide a day off on the following available weekday.