Bank Holidays in Ireland 2021 and 2022

There are currently 9 bank holidays in Ireland – but a new one could soon be added in 2022 .
St Brigid’s Day – (1 February) could be the date of Ireland’s 10th public holiday. It is being introduced
to thank frontline workers for their efforts during the Covid pandemic. However it will probably be a one-off event rather than an annual holiday .

A Bank Holiday is a day on which the banks are closed. BUT – not all bank holidays are Public Holidays.
The banks seem to have an extra day off after Christmas !

The next bank holiday in Ireland that is also a public holiday will be Christmas Day on Saturday, December 25th 2021 .


Bank Holidays in Ireland in 2021 and 2022

Unless stated otherwise – all the dates below are both Public and Bank Holidays in Ireland in 2021 and 2022


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)
Wed 29th December 2021
(Banks closed – not a Public Holiday)
Saturday, January 1st 2022 New Years Day
Monday, January 3rd 2022
(Banks closed – not a Public Holiday)
Possibly Monday 31st January 2022 (St Bridgids Day)
Thursday, March 17th 2022 – St Patrick’s Day
Monday, April 18th 2022 – Easter Monday
Monday 2nd May 2022 – May Bank Holiday
Monday, June 6th 2022 – June Bank Holiday
Monday 1st August 2022 (Monday)
Monday 31st October 2022
Sunday 25th December 2022 – Christmas Day
Monday 26th December 2022- St Stephen’s Day

More details of Bank Opening and Closing Dates Christmas 2021

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. 

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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