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August Bank Holiday in Ireland

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

What Do People Do?

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

  • Art exhibition showcasing Irish artists' work or depicting events in Irish history.
  • Performances of traditional Irish music or music inspired by Ireland's past.
  • Horse racing.
  • Walking, cycling and other sports events.
  • Arts, cultural and musical festivals.
  • Local fairs and agricultural shows.

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.


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 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

Quick Facts

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

August Bank Holiday 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016

August Bank Holiday 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017


Name in other languages

August Bank HolidayEnglish
Lá Saoire Bainc (Lúnasa)Irish
Bank Holiday im AugustGerman
Offentlig fridag i augustNorwegian

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on August 1, 2016

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