bank holidays ireland

Bank Holidays Ireland: A Complete Breakdown

Ireland has a total of 9 bank holidays a year. So, with a minimum annual leave of 20 days, you should have 29 holiday days a year if you are in full-time employment. 

List of Bank Holidays in Ireland 2020

  • New Year’s Day – Wednesday January 1st
  • St Patrick’s Day – Tuesday March 17th
  • Easter Monday – Monday April 13th
  • May public holiday – Monday May 4th
  • June public holiday – Monday June 1st
  • August public holiday – Monday August 3rd
  • October public holiday – Monday October 26th
  • Christmas Day – Friday December 25th
  • St Stephen’s Day – Saturday December 26th

What’s the Difference between a Public Holiday and a Bank Holiday?

Generally, a public holiday has become known as a bank holiday; however they are different. A public holiday is a holiday that the government considered a day off for all employees. 

A bank holiday is referred to days that banks are closed but is not a public holiday. 

It seems Irish people have just decided to call public holidays bank holidays. 

Here’s a list of bank holidays in Ireland 2020. 

  1. Wednesday, Jan 1st 2020. New Year’s Day
  2. Tuesday, 17th March 2020 – St Patricks Day
  3. Friday, 10th April 2020 – Good Friday (Bank Holiday / Closed)
  4. Monday, 13th April 2020 – Easter Monday
  5. Monday, May 4th – May Day Bank Holiday
  6. Monday, June 1st 2020- June Bank Holiday
  7. Monday, August 3rd 2020 – August Bank Holiday
  8. Monday, October 26th 2020 – October Bank Holiday
  9. Friday, 25th December 2020 – Christmas Day
  10. Saturday, 26th December 2020 – St Stephens Day
  11. Monday, 28th December 2020 – (Banks closed)
  12. Tuesday, 29th December 2020 (Banks closed)

As you can see the main differences between public holidays and bank holidays this year is Good Friday 10th of April and the 28th and 29th of December 2020. 

This means banks are closed on these dates, but they are not public holidays. 

Some businesses do reward staff with Good Friday off. 

Bank Holiday Calendar in Ireland

Bank Holidays in Ireland 2020 - Full Year Calendar
Bank Holidays Highlighted in Red.

What are Employee Entitlements for Public / Bank Holidays? 

Reading through the Citizens Information page, they said most people in employment qualify for paid leave during a public holiday. There a are a few rules though. A basic rule is you need to have completed 40 hours work for your employer in five weeks to qualify. 

If you do qualify for the public holiday benefit you can receive one of the following entitlements: 

  • A full paid leave day.
  • Your employer can give you an additional day of annual leave
  • You can get an additional day pay. 
  • Get your paid day within a month of the public bank holiday.

There’s a lot of information in the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 that you can reference if you feel you’re not getting your bank holiday entitlements. 

How much do you get paid for working Bank Holidays? 

If you work a bank holiday you’re entitled to an additional days pay on top of your working week. Here’s an example: 

You get paid €400 for working 5 days a week. That’s 80e a day. If you agree to work a public holiday for your employer you’re entitled to €480 that week. 

There’s a few great examples on the Thehrcompany.ie website.