October Bank Holiday in Ireland
The last Monday of October (Lá Saoire i mí Dheireadh Fómhair), or the Halloween Holiday (Lá Saoire Oíche Shamhna), is a time of cultural festivals. It falls on the day after daylight saving time ends in many years.
What Do People Do?
Many cultural and sporting events are held during the October holiday weekend. These events include:
- The Dublin marathon.
- Theater, arts and fashion festivals.
- Music performances by Irish musicians or inspired by Ireland's history.
- Celebrations of traditional and modern Irish food and drink.
- Halloween themed events.
The October holiday weekend is also a popular time for people to take a short break or longer fall vacation in Ireland or abroad.
Banks, post offices, and many other businesses and organizations are closed on the last Monday of October. 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. There may be some local disruption to traffic as roads are closed for sporting events, particularly in Dublin.
Many schools in the Republic of Ireland have a week-long holiday at the end of October and/or the beginning of November. Daylight saving time also ends in the early hours of the last Sunday of October in Ireland.
The October Holiday on the last Monday of October was introduced by the Holidays (Employees) Act, 1973 (Public Holiday) Regulations, 1977. It was first observed in 1977. The October Holiday weekend often falls in the same week as Halloween. Hence, it is sometimes known as the Halloween Holiday.
October Bank Holiday Observances
|Mon||Oct 25||2010||October Bank Holiday||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 31||2011||October Bank Holiday||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 29||2012||October Bank Holiday||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 28||2013||October Bank Holiday||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 27||2014||October Bank Holiday||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 26||2015||October Bank Holiday||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 31||2016||October Bank Holiday||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 30||2017||October Bank Holiday||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 29||2018||October Bank Holiday||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 28||2019||October Bank Holiday||National holiday|
|Mon||Oct 26||2020||October Bank Holiday||National holiday|
Quick FactsThe last Monday of October is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland.
October Bank Holiday 2016Monday, October 31, 2016
October Bank Holiday 2017Monday, October 30, 2017
Name in other languages
|October Bank Holiday||English|
|Lá Saoire Bainc (Deireadh Fómhair)||Irish|
|Bank Holiday im Oktober||German|
|Offentlig fridag i oktober||Norwegian|