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Ireland's Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

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Each year, Ireland has nine public holidays. Six of these commemorate an event or person with the other three being general bank holidays. 

On all public holidays, banks, schools and most businesses are closed and public transport is usually on a less-frequent timetable, although more and more shops are opening on public holidays now.


The bank holidays are:

  • the first Monday in June - The bank holiday,
  • the first Monday in August - The bank holiday, and
  • the last Monday in October - The bank holiday.

The June holiday is a replacement for what previously was known as the Whit Monday holiday, the day after the Christian celebration of Pentecost. Although the date of Whit Monday varies depending on the fall of Easter each year, the current bank holiday is always on the first Monday in June.

The holiday in August is selected for convenience, providing a bank holiday where there would otherwise potentially be a four-month interlude.

Halloween is the usual custom on or around the October Bank Holiday. The date of Halloween is always 31 October so the long weekend that falls at the end of the month is often used as a part of the festivities of Halloween. Frequently this weekend is also when daylight savings time ends in Ireland.

On bank holidays, we tend to relax, spend time with family or friends, take a three-day trip somewhere or visit cultural centres nearby. These long weekends can become quite busy in the popular holiday locations, for example the Love Gourmet Week where top restaurants in the Limerick and Shannon Region offer gourmet dining experiences over the June Bank Holiday, or at the Galway Races Summer Festival that runs for the few days up to and including the August Bank Holiday, or the Thurles Halloween Arts Festival that runs over the October long weekend.

Public Holidays 2016

1 JanFriNew Year's Day
17 MarThuSt Patrick's Day
28 Mar Mon Easter Monday
2 May Mon May Day
6 JunMonJune Bank Holiday
1 AugMonAugust Bank Holiday
31 OctMonOctober Bank Holiday
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 Dec Mon Saint Stephen's Day

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
17 MarFriSt Patrick's Day
17 Apr Mon Easter Monday
1 May Mon May Day
5 JunMonJune Bank Holiday
7 AugMonAugust Bank Holiday
30 OctMonOctober Bank Holiday
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueSaint Stephen's Day

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