A Bank Holiday is a day on which the banks are closed. BUT – not all bank holidays are Public Holidays.
There were nine public holidays in Ireland in 2022 – but since February 2023 there are now 10 public holidays a year , as a new permanent February public holiday was introduced for St Brigid’s Day .
This new public/bank holiday fell on Monday 6th Feb in 2023 . It will always be on the first Monday in February, unless the 1st of February is a Friday – then it will be on that date .
When is The Next Bank Holiday in Ireland?
The next public holiday in Ireland will be Sunday March 17th 2024 (St Patrick’s Day)
The next bank holiday in Ireland (not a public holiday) is Monday ,March 18th 2024
Holidays in Ireland 2024
Unless stated otherwise – all the dates below are both Public and Bank Holidays in Ireland
|Public/Bank Holiday Dates 2024
|Monday January 1st 2024
|Monday 5th Feb 2024
|St Brigid’s Day
|Sunday 17th March 2024 (Public Holiday)
|St Patrick’s Day
|Monday 18th March 2024 (Bank Holiday Only)
|Monday April 1st 2024
|Monday 6th May 2024
|Monday June 3rd 2024
|Monday August 5th 2024
|Monday 28th October 2024
|Wednesday 25th Dec 2024
|Thursday 26th Dec 2024
The 12th of July is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland – but it is not a holiday in the Republic of Ireland.
Public Holidays And Worker’s Rights:
Some assume that the following Monday is treated as a public holiday when a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday. 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