There are 9 public holidays in Ireland each year. Some people refer to them as Bank Holidays – but not all Bank Holidays (when banks are closed) are also Public Holidays.
The next Bank Holiday in Ireland will be Christmas Day December 25th 2019 .
List of Bank Holidays in Ireland 2019
A Bank Holiday is a day on which the banks will be closed. BUT – all bank holidays are not Public Holidays.
Unless stated – all the dates below are both Public and Bank Holidays in 2019 .
- Wednesday 25th December 2019 – Christmas Day
- Thursday 26th December 2019 – St Stephens Day
- Friday 27th December 2019 – (Banks closed – not a Public Holiday)
List of Bank Holidays 2020 in Ireland
WednesdayJan 1st 2020. New Year’s Day
- Tuesday 17th March 2020 – St Patricks Day
- Friday 10th April 2020 – Good Friday (Bank Holiday – Not a Public Holiday)
- Monday 13th April 2020 – Easter Monday
- Monday May 4th – May Day
- Monday June 1st 2020- June Bank Holiday
- Monday August 3rd 2020 – August Bank Holiday
- Monday October 26th 2020 – October Bank Holiday
- Friday 25th December 2020 – Christmas Day
- Saturday 26th December 2020 – St Stephens Day
- Monday 28th December 2020 – (Banks closed – not a Public Holiday)
- Tuesday 29th December 2020 (Banks closed not a Public Holiday)
When a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday – many people assume that the following Monday is treated as the public holiday. But this is not the case.
Workers rights : Where a public holiday falls on a weekend, workers do not have any automatic legal entitlement to have the next working day off work. When this happens – some employers will be treating it as a public holiday but your employer can require you to attend work on that day.
When/if this happens you are entitled to one of the following (unless you are a part-time employee):
- A paid day off within a month of the public holiday
- An additional day of annual leave
- An additional day’s pay
If a public holiday falls on a day which is not a normal working day for that business (for example, on Saturday or Sunday) you are still entitled to benefit for that public holiday.