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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Ireland. Please scroll down to view the list.

What are public holidays?

Public holidays are special opportunities to relax. They’re gifts the people of Ireland get every couple of months – a day or two off work without having to burn any annual leave.

What makes these public holidays even better is how they can be mixed with a weekend – and even a day or two of precious annual leave – to create a heavenly long weekend! These long weekends are really where the magic happens.

A three-day or four-day weekend is all the time you need for a memorable adventure. It’s enough time to grab a hire car and go on a road-trip, or fly to nearby destinations. It’s all the time you need to secure your space at the park or beach or hiking trail and relax with friends.

That’s why we exist: to help you start planning to make the most of your public holidays this year and next year. We’re your trusted resource for holiday dates, and inspiration for just some of the local places you can make your destination.

The meaning behind public holidays

Public holidays serve another purpose, too. They remind us of our shared and evolving identity. Some of the public holidays such as May Day or Saint Stephen’s Day may not mean that much to you, but they are milestones that – every 365 days – recall the people who came before us and built the nation we call home.

The meaning of public holidays is not set in stone. Each of us gives our official public holidays meaning as we invest time in thinking about them and debating them, celebrating, commemorating or ignoring them.

Here’s the cool thing: Some of the most valuable days for our society to remember are not even official public holidays. World Refugee Day, International Women’s Day and World Teachers’ Day are not days-off, but they are days we should each make the most of to help tell others about important issues at home and abroad.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to make the most of your public holidays!

Note: information about laws and regulations related to public holidays is viewable below the 2017 national list.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
17 MarFriSt Patrick's Day
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonMay Day
5 JunMonJune Bank Holiday
7 AugMonAugust Bank Holiday
30 OctMonOctober Bank Holiday
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueSaint Stephen's Day

Laws and regulations

On all public holidays, banks, schools and most businesses are closed and public transport is usually on a less-frequent timetable, although more and more shops are opening on public holidays now.

The actual “bank” holidays are:

  • the first Monday in June,
  • the first Monday in August, and
  • the last Monday in October.

The June holiday is a replacement for what previously was known as the Whit Monday holiday, the day after the Christian celebration of Pentecost. Although the date of Whit Monday varies depending on the fall of Easter each year, the current bank holiday is always on the first Monday in June.

The holiday in August is selected for convenience, providing a bank holiday where there would otherwise potentially be a four-month interlude.