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August Bank Holiday in Ireland

Quick Facts

The first Monday of August is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland.

Local names

NameLanguage
August Bank HolidayEnglish
Lá Saoire Bainc (Lúnasa)Irish
Bank Holiday im AugustGerman

August Bank Holiday 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

August Bank Holiday 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015
List of dates for other years

The first Monday of August (Lá Saoire i mí Lúnasa), also known as the August Holiday, is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland. Many people take a short vacation or visit cultural events in Ireland.

Horse Racing

Various events, including horse racing events, are often held during the August Holiday.

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What do people do?

Many cultural and sporting events are held over the August Holiday weekend. These include:

The August Holiday falls in the middle of the summer season and school holidays so many people take a short or longer vacation in Ireland or abroad at this time of year.

Public life

Banks, post offices and many other businesses and organizations are closed on the first Monday of August. However, stores and pubs are generally open, although they may open later and close earlier than usual. Public transport service schedules vary depending on where one lives and intends to travel. The August Holiday is a popular time for people to go on vacation in and to the Republic of Ireland so it is important to book accommodation in advance.

There may be some local disruption to traffic if roads are closed for sports or cultural events. There may be some congestion on the roads to and from popular events and resorts.

Background

The August Holiday on the first Monday in August was first mentioned in the Bank Holidays Act 1871. It has been a public holiday since then.

August Bank Holiday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonAug 61990August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 51991August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 31992August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 21993August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 11994August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 71995August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 51996August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 41997August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 31998August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 21999August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 72000August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 62001August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 52002August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 42003August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 22004August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 12005August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 72006August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 62007August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 42008August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 32009August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 22010August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 12011August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 62012August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 52013August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 42014August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 32015August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 12016August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 72017August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 62018August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 52019August Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonAug 32020August Bank HolidayNational holiday

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