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June Bank Holiday in Ireland

The June Holiday (Lá Saoire i mí Mheitheamh) is observed in Ireland on the first Monday of June. People take time to enjoy the spring weather to attend local cultural and sporting events.

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Marathons and other sporting events are popular events during the June Holiday.
Marathons and other sporting events are popular events during the June Holiday.
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What do people do?

The weather in Ireland is often mild and pleasant at the start of June. Hence, many people spend time outside over the June Holiday weekend. Popular activities and events include:

  • Picnics and barbeques.
  • Open-air concerts of traditional or modern music.
  • Family camping, walking or sailing weekends.
  • Arts, cultural and musical festivals around the country.
  • Marathons and other sporting events.
  • Agricultural and garden shows.

Other people use the June Holiday weekend take a short early summer break or vacation in Ireland or abroad.

Public life

Public life is generally quiet on the first Monday of June. Banks, post offices and many businesses and organizations are closed. 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.

Background

The day after Pentecost was traditionally a holiday known as Pentecost Monday or Whit Monday. This enabled people to attend extra church services and organize local fairs and cultural events. Pentecost Monday became a public holiday following the Bank Holidays Act 1871. Following the Holidays (Employees) Act 1973, this holiday was moved to the First Monday of June. The new date was first observed in 1974.

June Bank Holiday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonJun 41990June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 31991June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 11992June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 71993June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 61994June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 51995June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 31996June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 21997June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 11998June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 71999June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 52000June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 42001June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 32002June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 22003June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 72004June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 62005June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 52006June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 42007June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 22008June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 12009June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 72010June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 62011June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 42012June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 32013June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 22014June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 12015June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 62016June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 52017June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 42018June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 32019June Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonJun 12020June Bank HolidayNational holiday

Quick Facts

The June Holiday is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland on the first Monday of June.

June Bank Holiday 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Bank Holiday 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
June Bank HolidayEnglish
Lá Saoire Bainc (Meitheamh)Irish
Bank Holiday im JuniGerman
List of dates for other years

United Nation Holiday on June 1, 2016

Fun Holiday on June 1, 2016

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