Public holidays in the Republic of Ireland


Public holidays in the Republic of Ireland

Public holidays are observed in the Republic of Ireland on:

School Holidays (Primary)

* In Ireland the academic year in primary schools lasts from September 1 to June 30.
* The academic year is composed of 183 schooldays (with 6 in-service days this is reduced to 177) and schools are not open in July or August (though for flexibility school may open for the last two/three days of August).

* The first mid-term break is always the last week of October (commonly called the Halloween break).
* Many (though not all) Catholic schools close for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.
* The Christmas break lasts from the last schoolday before December 23 to the first weekday after January 6 (17-21 days).
* The second mid-term break is a minimum of two days to a maximum of five days duration taken in the third week of February (commonly called the Shrove break).
* The Easter break consists of a week before Easter to the 2nd Monday after Easter (10 school days or 16 days inclusive).
* In the last term holidays are flexible and are generally arranged around the public holidays in May and June.

School Holidays (Post-Primary/Secondary)

* In Ireland the academic year in secondary schools lasts from September 1 to May 31.
* The academic year is composed of 167 schooldays and schools are not open in June, July or August (though for flexibility school may open for the first week of June or last two/three days of August).
* The first mid-term break begins on the last weekend before October 31 and lasts for one week.
* Many Catholic schools close for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.
* The Christmas break lasts from the last schoolday before December 23 to the first weekday after January 6 (17-21 days).
* The second mid-term break begins on the last schoolday in the second week of February and lasts for one week.
* The Easter break consists of a week before Easter to the second Monday after Easter (10 school days or 16 days inclusive).
* The school year ends on the first Friday of June.
* The state examinations (the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations) begin the Wednesday after the June Bank Holiday.

Footnote

ee also

*Irish calendar

External links

* [http://www.into.ie/ Irish primary school teachers website]
* [http://www.citizensinformation.ie/categories/employment/employment-rights-and-conditions/leave-and-holidays/public-holidays-in-ireland Public holidays in Ireland (Government site)]


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