Ireland Public Holidays 2024: Essential Dates To Remember

Ireland Public Holidays 2024: Essential Dates To Remember

Ireland Public Holidays 2024: Essential Dates To Remember
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As you plan your organization’s activities and events for 2024, it's important to keep track of official public holidays. Ireland, with its diverse cultural tapestry, offers a unique set of public holidays that can influence workforce dynamics.

Public holidays mark days when a majority of businesses shut their doors. Consequently, coordinating time-off requests, adjusting payroll schedules, and managing other HR tasks necessitates careful consideration of these holidays.

While some holidays are celebrated across all of Ireland, others are specific to the Republic of Ireland. With remote and cross-border teams becoming more common, it’s crucial to be aware of upcoming public holidays in both the Republic and Northern Ireland.

To stay up-to-date on any potential changes, regularly check official announcements from the relevant authorities.

What You Need to Know About Irish Public Holidays

Public holidays provide an extra day off work, but they also impact operations. As set out in the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, the majority of full-time employees in the Republic of Ireland are entitled to a minimum of four weeks of annual leave per year, which includes public holidays.

While full-time employees can generally expect paid time off for holidays, part-time workers may find themselves working without the extra compensation. However, some part-timers do qualify for holiday pay under certain conditions.

To receive wages for a public holiday, a part-time employee in Ireland must meet the minimum hourly commitment. Specifically, they must have logged at least 40 hours on the payroll in the 5 weeks immediately before the holiday.

If a part-time worker meets this threshold and is scheduled to labor away from friends and family on a festive day, they are entitled to choose from a few fair options.

The employer must provide either:

  • A paid day off to celebrate the actual holiday
  • Time off with pay within the following month
  • An extra personal day to use at their discretion
  • Holiday pay added to their regular wages

Try to be flexible while managing expectations clearly. Communicate your policies so everyone understands their entitlements. With understanding on both sides, you can find an arrangement that works for your business and employees. Recognition goes a long way too.

Stay Informed on Dates

For accurate 2024 public holiday dates in Ireland, rely on official sources like Citizen’s Information, and keep an eye out for government announcements as dates may change.

To stay organized, regularly:

  • Check the citizensinformation.ie public holidays page for the most current dates.
  • Verify dates by cross-referencing other trusted sources like publicholidays.ie
  • Monitor official updates from relevant authorities for any changes to the calendar.

Being aware of upcoming public holidays will help you plan effectively for 2024.

New Year's Day: January 1

Marking the first day of the new year, New Year's Day is one of Ireland's most widely celebrated public holidays. It's a day of rest after the celebrations of New Year's Eve and this year falls on a Monday.

St. Brigid's Day: February 5

After introducing a one-off bank holiday during the pandemic to thank the efforts of frontline workers, Ireland decided to make the extra day off a permanent holiday, starting in 2023. St. Brigid's Day, also called Imbolc, is a Gaelic traditional festival. It marks the beginning of spring, and for Christians, it is the feast day of St. Brigid, a patron saint of Ireland. In 2024, the holiday falls on the first Monday of the month.

St. Patrick's Day: March 17

Ireland's national day celebrates its patron saint, St. Patrick. While celebrated worldwide, it’s not an official day off for many but it’s still an important cultural celebration. In Ireland and Northern Ireland, it is however an official public holiday, and since it falls on a Sunday in 2024, a public holiday will take place the following day on Monday 18 as a substitute day.

Easter Weekend: March 29 - April 1

A long weekend across Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday. Dates vary year to year but always fall in late March or April. While Good Friday is not a public holiday, many schools and businesses close on that day. The public holiday falls on Monday, April 1 in 2024.

May Bank Holiday: May 6

A late spring bank holiday that falls on the first Monday of May each year offers a welcome three-day weekend in Spring.

June Bank Holiday: June 3

The June bank holiday provides an opportunity for people to enjoy a break in the middle of the year, with many taking advantage of the warmer weather for outdoor activities.

August Bank Holiday: August 5

Closing out the summer holidays, this bank holiday allows the chance for a mini-break at the beginning of August.

October Bank Holiday: October 28

The Autumn bank holiday takes place at the end of October, just before the winter season begins, and while not an official holiday, many people in Ireland celebrate All Soul’s Day on November 2.

Christmas Break: December 25 & 26

Both Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day are public holidays in Ireland. In 2024 they fall on Wednesday and Thursday so you may find that some people want to take advantage of a long weekend by taking an extra paid day off on the Friday.

Holidays in Northern Ireland

The increase in remote work means you are likely to have some employees based in Northern Ireland, which being part of the United Kingdom, has slightly different holidays. Here’s a brief rundown of the public holidays observed in Northern Ireland. Please see our blog on UK Public Holidays 2024 for more information on these dates.

  • Monday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Monday 18 March - St Patrick's Day (substitute day)
  • Friday 29 March - Good Friday
  • Monday 1 April - Easter Monday
  • Monday 6 May - Early May Bank Holiday
  • Monday 27 May - Spring Bank Holiday
  • Friday 12 July - Battle of the Boyne / Orangemen's Day
  • Monday 26 August - Summer Bank Holiday
  • Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Thursday 26 December - Boxing Day

Get Set for 2024

Supervising employee leave and time off is a vital facet of HR responsibilities. In Ireland, where there are 10 standard public holidays annually, it's essential to maintain robust systems for both requesting and approving holiday time.

flair's advanced absence management functionality streamlines this process and easily syncs your company's calendar with the official Irish public holiday dates.

flair's time tracking feature cuts through the complexity, ensuring accurate records of whether staff work full or partial weeks containing bank holidays, making leave administration a breeze.

Our HR solution gives you full visibility and control over employee time off, so your workforce feels supported while your operations run seamlessly.

Book a demo today and discover how flair can help you excel in 2024!

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