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Ireland School Holidays 2018 and 2019

This page contains a calendar of all 2018 and 2019 school holidays dates for Ireland. These dates are unlikely to be modified. However, please check back regularly for any updates that may occur.

School Year 2017/2018

School Holidays Starts Finishes
October Holidays 30 Oct 2017
(Mon)
3 Nov 2017
(Fri)
Christmas Holidays 25 Dec 2017
(Mon)
5 Jan 2018
(Fri)
February Holidays 12 Feb 2018
(Mon)
16 Feb 2018
(Fri)
Easter Holidays 26 Mar 2018
(Mon)
6 Apr 2018
(Fri)

School Year 2018/2019

School Holidays Starts Finishes
October Holidays 29 Oct 2018
(Mon)
2 Nov 2018
(Fri)
Christmas Holidays 24 Dec 2018
(Mon)
4 Jan 2019
(Fri)
February Holidays 18 Feb 2019
(Mon)
22 Feb 2019
(Fri)
Easter Holidays 15 Apr 2019
(Mon)
26 Apr 2019
(Fri)

Visit education.ie for the original releases for school year 2017/2018 and 2018/2019.

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.