There are 10 Bank Holidays in Ireland in 2023.
Which gives you plenty of time to play with if you’re planning a trip at home or abroad.
Below, you’ll find a list of the different public holidays in Ireland along with some key changes taking place this year.
Some quick need-to-knows about Bank Holidays in Ireland in 2023
The points below will get you up-to-speed on the public holidays in Ireland in 2023, quickly. You’ll find a list with the dates then right after:
1. There’s 10
In the past there were 9 annual bank holidays in Ireland, but from 2022 onwards there were 10. From 2023, a new annual public holiday will take place, marking St Brigid’s Day. It will be the first Monday in February, except when St Brigid’s Day falls on a Friday. In that case, the bank holiday will be on that Friday.
2. They tend to mark a notable day/event
Public holidays in Ireland commemorate a special event or day such as Christmas Day or St Patrick’s Day. Most public businesses (such as banks, government offices and schools) are closed. If a bank holiday falls on a weekend, the bank holiday is on the following Monday.
3. There’s a new one in 2023 to mark St Brigid’s Day
From 2023, the new bank holiday will mark St Brigid’s Day and will be held on the first Monday in February (or on the Friday if the 1st February falls on a Friday).
4. The confusion around Good Friday
Good Friday is NOT a public holiday, although many schools and businesses close on that day. However, the following Monday (Easter Monday) is a bank holiday. There is no automatic entitlement to take time off that day, but many workers take it as part of their annual leave to make it an extra long weekend break over Easter.
A list of the public holidays in Ireland in 2023
Now that we have the need-to-knows out of the way, here is a full list of the public holidays in Ireland in 2023:
- 1st January 2023 (New Year’s Day)
- 6th February 2023 (St Brigid’s Day*)
- 17th March 2023 (Saint Patrick’s Day)
- 10th April 2023 (Easter Monday**)
- 1st May (May Day)
- 5th June (June Holiday)
- 7th August (August Holiday)
- 30th October (October Holiday)
- 25th December Christmas Day)
- 26th December (Saint Stephen’s Day)
* new from 2023
** Easter is the only bank holiday that moves significantly from year to year
FAQs about Irish bank holidays
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘When are the school public holidays in Ireland in 2023?’ to ‘Do employers have to give you them off?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
How many Bank Holidays in Ireland in 2023?
There are 10 Bank Holidays in Ireland in 2023. This year, a new annual public holiday will take place to mark St Brigid’s Day.
Is there a Bank Holiday in February in Ireland?
Yes. The 6th of February is a Bank Holiday that has been launched to mark St Brigid’s Day.
Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries. Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.