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Public Holidays in the Republic of Ireland

The Public Holidays of the Republic of Ireland are;

School Holidays (Primary)

  • In the Republic of Ireland the academic year in primary schools lasts from September 1 to June 30.
  • The academic year is composed of 182 schooldays (with 6 in-service days this is reduced to 176) and schools are not open in July or August.

  • The first mid-term break is usually a week at the end of October (commonly called the Halloween break.
  • The Christmas break lasts from just before Christmas to the first weekday after January 6 (17-21 days).
  • The second mid-term break is now of two 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.



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