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“Key Dates: Upcoming Bank Holidays and Public Holidays in Ireland for 2024”

Monday, February 5, 2024: St. Brigid’s Day Bank Holiday
In its second year, the bank holiday in February marks St. Brigid’s Day and is observed on the first Monday of the month. If February 1 falls on a Friday, it is also designated as a public holiday.

Monday, March 18, 2024: St. Patrick’s Day Public Holiday
Following St. Patrick’s Day on a Sunday, the subsequent Monday is a public holiday, providing recovery time from the parades and festivities.

Monday, April 1, 2024: Easter Monday
Easter Monday falls on April 1, with Good Friday on March 29 (not a public holiday). Schools close for Easter holidays on March 22 and reopen on April 8.

Monday, May 6, 2024: May Bank Holiday
The May bank holiday is observed six days into the month, offering a break for the public.

Monday, June 3, 2024: Early June Bank Holiday
The first bank holiday of summer falls in early June, just before the start of the Junior and Leaving Cert exams on June 5. Schools usually close before the bank holiday.

Monday, August 5, 2024: Last Bank Holiday of Summer
The final bank holiday of summer provides an opportunity for back-to-school preparations, as the school year typically starts in the week of September 1.

Monday, October 28, 2024: October Bank Holiday
Coinciding with the Jazz Festival in Cork, the October Bank Holiday is observed. Midterm break for schools is from October 28 to November 1, including Halloween on October 31.

Wednesday, December 25, and Thursday, December 26, 2024: Christmas Break
Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day fall midweek. To have the full week off, additional leave might be required, as schools close on December 20, reopening on January 6, 2025.

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