Bank Holidays in Ireland 2021

There are 9 bank holidays in Ireland in 2021 .
A Bank Holiday is a day on which the banks are closed. BUT – not all bank holidays are Public Holidays.

The next bank holiday in Ireland that is also a public holiday will be the October Bank Holiday 2021 on Monday, October 25th 2021 .


Bank Holidays in Ireland in 2021

Unless stated otherwise – all the dates below are both Public and Bank Holidays in Ireland in 2021


Friday, Jan 1st 2021. New Year’s Day
Wednesday 17th March 2021 – St Patricks Day
Friday 2nd April  2021 – Good Friday  
(Bank Holiday only – Not a Public Holiday)
5th April 2021 – Easter Monday
May 3rd 2021 – May Day Bank Holiday
Monday, June 7th 2021- June Bank Holiday
Monday August 2nd 2021 – August Bank Holiday
Monday, October 25th 2021 – October Bank Holiday
Saturday 25th December  2021 – Christmas Day
Sunday 26th December 2021 – St Stephens Day
Monday 27th December 2021
(Banks closed – not a Public Holiday)
Tuesday 28th December 2021
(Banks closed – not a Public Holiday)

Public Holidays – Workers rights:

When a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, some people assume that the following Monday is treated as a public holiday.   But this is not the case. 

If 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 following 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 that is not a normal working day for a business (for example, on Saturday or Sunday), employees are still entitled to the benefit for that public holiday.
When 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 in Ireland Here

UK Bank Holiday Dates