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Ireland's Public Holidays 2016 and 2017
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 Jan||Fri||New Year's Day|
|17 Mar||Thu||St Patrick's Day|
|28 Mar||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2 May||Mon||May Day|
|6 Jun||Mon||June Bank Holiday|
|1 Aug||Mon||August Bank Holiday|
|31 Oct||Mon||October Bank Holiday|
|25 Dec||Sun||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Mon||Saint Stephen's Day|
Public Holidays 2017
|1 Jan||Sun||New Year's Day|
|17 Mar||Fri||St Patrick's Day|
|17 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|1 May||Mon||May Day|
|5 Jun||Mon||June Bank Holiday|
|7 Aug||Mon||August Bank Holiday|
|30 Oct||Mon||October Bank Holiday|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|
|26 Dec||Tue||Saint Stephen's Day|