Bank Holidays in Ireland 2019

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 Monday August 5th 2019.

Full 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 .

New Years Day Tuesday Jan 1st 2019

Sunday 17th March 2019 – St Patricks Day

Mon 18th March – Bank Holiday NOT a Public Holiday

Friday 19th April  2019 – Good Friday   (Bank Holiday – Not a Public Holiday)

Monday 22nd April 2019 – Easter Monday

Monday May 6th – May Day

Monday June 3rd 2019- June Bank Holiday

Monday August 5th 2019 – August Bank Holiday

Monday October  28th 2019 – October Bank Holiday

Wednesday 25th December  2019 – Christmas Day

Thursday  26th December 2019 – St Stephens Day

Friday 27th December 2019 – (Banks closed – not a Public Holiday)

Wednesday Jan 1st 2020

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. This will apply in 2019 when St Patrick’s Day (17 March) falls on a Sunday.

More about Public Holiday Pay Here

16 thoughts on “Bank Holidays in Ireland 2019

  1. I work a three day wk now Tues Thursday and Friday claming labour for Monday and Wednesday I was told I get four days day from work for the bank holiday so does that mean I get no social welfare money for the wk a bit confusing only on it since January????

    • 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)

  2. if you worked on march 18, 2019 monday. will you be paid double as it a bank holiday?in lieu of St Ptricks day which falls on a Sunday.

  3. Hey I’m working on Easter Sunday and Monday are both those days Double Pay and is Good Friday Double Pay

  4. Hello,
    Looking for advice;
    I work 12 hour shifts and I have been told I do not get any benefit for a Bank Holiday unless I work 8 hours or more on that Bank Holiday day. Apparently my shift allowance covers all Bank Holiday Benefits this however any company I have ever worked for in the past this wasn’t so. Example, I worked nights on Easter weekend. I did Fri Sat Sun 7pm – 7am. Good Friday been the Friday so I worked 5 hrs of the Fri Bank Holiday and Easter Sunday so I worked 7 hrs of the Monday.

  5. Hello,
    I work 12 hour shifts for an agency. I do not get a holiday in lieu of the bank holiday or an additional days payment. I do receive 3 hours double pay for the 3 hours I work every bank holiday (9pm Sunday night into Monday). I was told because I only work 3 hours on a bank holiday that this is all I’m entitled to. I work an average of 38 hours per week.

    • 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

  6. Hi my hubby works wed, Thurs Fri, (8 till 5)and has never got a payment for a bank/public holiday. Is this right, his employer says hes not untitled to get paid for these days

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