Public holidays in Ireland 2020-2024

The Irish have relatively few public holidays. Although the Irish population is predominantly Catholic, Whitsun or Easter holidays such as Ascension Day or Corpus Christi are not on the calendar. Even Good Friday is not a public holiday. However, banks and public authorities are usually closed here.

In the 80s and 90s, however, the 3 holidays in May, June and August were added in order to achieve a European average.

If a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the day off is moved. In some other countries, the following Monday is automatically scheduled for this. In Ireland, however, this alternative day is up to the employer, who can set the date himself.


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Non-movable holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

holidayLocal namedate
New Year's DayNew Year's DayJan, 1st
National holidaySt. Patrick’s DayMar, 17th
Battle of Boyne Memorial Day (Northern Ireland only)Jul, 12th
Christmas EveDec, 24th
Christmas DayChristmas DayDec, 25th
Boxing DaySt. Stephen's DayDec, 26th
Christmas Bank HolidayChristmas Bank HolidayDec, 27th
New Year's EveDec, 31st


Moving Holidays in Ireland

holidayLocal name20202021202220232024
Mother's DayMother's DayMar, 22ndMar, 14thMar, 27thMar, 19thMar, 10th
Good FridayGood FridayApr, 10thApr, 2ndApr, 15thApr, 7thMar, 29th
Easter SundayEaster SundayApr, 12thApr, 4thApr, 17thApr, 9thMar, 31st
Easter MondayEaster MondayApr, 13thApr, 5thApr, 18thApr, 10thApr, 1st
Labor DayMay DayMay, 4thMay, 3rdMay, 2ndMay, 1stMay, 6th
Whit SundayMay, 31stMay, 23rdJun, 5thMay, 28thMay, 19th
Whit MondayJun, 1stMay, 24thJun, 6thMay, 29thMay, 20th
June HolidayJune DayJun, 1stJun, 7thJun, 6thJun, 5thJun, 3rd
Father's DayFather's DayJun, 21stJun, 20thJun, 19thJun, 18thJun, 16th
Summer holidayAugust DayAug, 3rdAug, 2ndAug, 1stAug, 7thAug, 5th
Bank holidayOctober Bank HolidayOct, 26thOct, 25thOct, 31stOct, 30thOct, 28th