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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.

Marathons and other sporting events are popular events during the June Holiday.
Marathons and other sporting events are popular events during the June Holiday.

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.


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 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 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

June Bank Holiday 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017


Name in other languages

June Bank HolidayEnglish
Lá Saoire Bainc (Meitheamh)Irish
Bank Holiday im JuniGerman
Offentlig fridag i juniNorwegian

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on June 6, 2016

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