Bank Holidays Ireland 2018

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.

List of Bank Holidays in Ireland  2018

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 .

  • New Years Day Monday Jan 1st 2018
  • Monday 19th March – St Patricks Day (17th is a Saturday)
  • Friday 30th March  2018 – Good Friday   (Not a Public Holiday)
  • Monday 2nd April 2018 – Easter Monday
  • Monday May 7th – May Day
  • Monday June 4th 2018 -June Bank Holiday
  • Monday August 6th 2018 – August Bank Holiday
  • Monday October  29th 2018 – October Bank Holiday
  • Tuesday 25th December  2018 – Christmas Day
  • Wednesday 26th December 2018 – St Stephens Day
  • Tuesday January 1st 2019 – New Years Day

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

More about Christmas Pay Here

3 thoughts on “Bank Holidays Ireland 2018

  1. So a Bank holiday is generally a day off for a public holiday that falls on weekend day? Why are the banks closed? For people not to be able to rob banks if they ran out of cash for booze?

    • The banks do seem to get extra days off – not sure why ? The bank holiday on Wed 28th Dec this year is a bit strange.

  2. Do Sunday workers who work on the 1st January (an official bank holiday) have a right to bank holiday pay when it falls on a weekend? My employer hasn’t paid any for the 1st January (just the 5c “premium” rate extra on top of minimum wage as per all regular Sundays). I am part-time and had worked more than 40 hours in the 5 weeks leading up to the bank holiday.

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