Bank Holidays in Ireland 2021

There are 9 public holidays in Ireland each year. Some people refer to them as Bank Holidays.
A Bank Holiday is a day on which the banks are closed. BUT – not all bank holidays are Public Holidays.

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. 

The next bank holiday in Ireland in 2021 that is also a public holiday will be the June Bank Holiday on Monday, June 7th 2021 .

Public and 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
  • 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)

Bank and Public Holidays – Workers rights:

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 Here

UK Bank Holiday Dates