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Ireland School Holidays 2019 and 2020

This page contains a calendar of all 2019 and 2020 school holidays in Ireland. These dates are unlikely to be modified by the Department of Education and Skills. However, please check back regularly for any updates that may occur.

School Year 2019-2020

School HolidaysStartsFinishes
October Holidays28 Oct 2019
(Mon)
1 Nov 2019
(Fri)
Christmas Holidays23 Dec 2019
(Mon)
3 Jan 2020
(Fri)
February Holidays17 Feb 2020
(Mon)
21 Feb 2020
(Fri)
Easter Holidays6 Apr 2020
(Mon)
17 Apr 2020
(Fri)

Please visit education.ie for the original release of the 2019-2020 approved calendar.

School holidays in the Republic of Ireland are determined by the Department of Education and Skills. The school year is divided into 2 terms. Each school year begins on the first week of September and ends either early June (post primary schools) or late June (primary schools) for the summer holidays.

The Education Department issues a circular that consists of the school holiday dates for 3 subsequent school years. These dates are usually agreed upon by the parties to the Teachers’ Conciliation Council. The holiday breaks in Ireland schools include – Christmas, Easter and 2 mid-term breaks (February and October).

In reaching the agreement of the school holiday dates, the parties have factored the timing of bank holidays and Easter public holidays in Ireland; and the flexibility for contingency arrangements for schools (such as, unforeseen school closures due to bad weather).

Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend the February holidays to a 5-day break.