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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.

Friends Sitting Down At A Dinner Party Chatting
Friends and family catching up for dinner during the holiday.
Friends and family catching up for dinner during the holiday.
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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.

Public Life

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
MonOct 252010October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 312011October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 292012October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 282013October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 272014October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 262015October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 312016October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 302017October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 292018October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 282019October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 262020October Bank HolidayNational holiday

Quick Facts

The last Monday of October is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland.

October Bank Holiday 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

October Bank Holiday 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017


Name in other languages

October Bank HolidayEnglish
Lá Saoire Bainc (Deireadh Fómhair)Irish
Bank Holiday im OktoberGerman
Offentlig fridag i oktoberNorwegian

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on October 31, 2016

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