There are currently 9 bank holidays in Ireland – but an extra one-off bank holiday will be added in 2022 and a new permanent bank holiday is proposed from 2023 onwards.
- There was an extra public holiday in 2022 on March 18th. This was to recognise the contributions made by key workers during Covid-19.
- There is going to be a new permanent public/bank holiday for St Brigid’s Day (February 1st) which will come into effect in 2023.
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 which is also a public holiday will be Monday October 31st 1st 2022
Bank Holidays in Ireland 2022
Unless stated otherwise – all the dates below are both Public and Bank Holidays in Ireland
|Bank Holiday Dates||Notes|
|Saturday, January 1st 2022 New Years Day|
|Monday, January 3rd 2022||(Banks closed – not a Public Holiday)|
|Thursday, March 17th 2022 – St Patrick’s Day|
|Friday, March 18th 2022 (Covid commemoration)|
|Monday, April 18th 2022 – Easter Monday|
|Monday 2nd May 2022 – May Bank Holiday|
|Monday, June 6th 2022 – June Bank Holiday|
|Monday 1st August 2022 ( August Bank Holiday)|
|Monday 31st October 2022|
|Sunday 25th December 2022 – Christmas Day|
|Monday 26th December 2022- St Stephen’s Day|
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