Bank Holidays in Ireland 2020

There are 9 public holidays in Ireland each year.   Some people refer to them as Bank Holidays – but not all Bank Holidays are also Public Holidays.

The next Bank Holiday in Ireland will be Friday April 10th 2020. But this date is NOT a public holiday.

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 2020 .


List of Irish Bank Holidays 2020

  • 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 might treat the Monday as a public holiday but your employer can require you to attend work on that day.

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.
When/if  this happens you are entitled to one of the following

  • A paid day off within a month of the public holiday
  • An additional day of annual leave
  • An additional day’s pay

More details about Public Holiday Pay Here

5 thoughts on “Bank Holidays in Ireland 2020

  1. Is the 28th of December a day off in lieu of the 26th falling on a Saturday?

  2. Hi! I’m a part time worker. I have 24 hours by week. I will be working on 1 January 2020. May I asking my employer about a double payments, I just don’t need any day off. Thanks

    • You should get at least your normal pay for working Jan 1st plus one fifth of your weekly wage

  3. 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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