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 Monday August 3rd 2020. and this date is also 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 Bank Holiday
  • 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. 


Bank Holidays – 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

2 thoughts on “Bank Holidays in Ireland 2020

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

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