Bank Holidays in Ireland 2019 and 2020

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

  • Wednesday Jan 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.

More about Bank Holiday Pay Here

10 thoughts on “Bank Holidays in Ireland 2019 and 2020

  1. If one works part time 25-30 hrs a week, of which 10 hrs is always on a Monday, How much should you expect to be paid for working the bank holiday’s that falls on a Monday.

  2. Lisa – this is not right. If you didn’t work on a public holiday – you would be entitled to a full days pay .

    If you are required to work on a public holiday you are entitled to be paid at your usual rate and you are also entitled to either
    an additional day’s pay or an extra paid day off.

    If you are not getting your public holiday entitlement you may make a complaint under the Organisation of Working Time Act within 6 months of the dispute or complaint occurring. You must use the online complaint form from

  3. For March 17th – A part-time employee is also entitled to a public holiday benefit equal to 1/5th of his normal weekly pay, based on the average weekly pay (including any regular bonus or allowance, but excluding overtime) in the 13 weeks worked immediately prior to the public holiday, assuming they have worked 40 hours or more in the previous 5 weeks.

    • My work is open 7 days a week – I worked Monday 18th am I entitled to double pay or anything

      • You are not due any extra for working on the 18th – but you should get an extra days pay for the 17th – even if you didn’t work that day. (subject to the conditions mentioned in the article)

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