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October Bank Holiday in Ireland

Quick Facts

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

Local names

NameLanguage
October Bank HolidayEnglish
Lá Saoire Bainc (Deireadh Fómhair)Irish
Bank Holiday im OktoberGerman

October Bank Holiday 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

October Bank Holiday 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015
List of dates for other years

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.

©iStockphoto.com/Catherine Yeulet

What do people do?

Many cultural and sporting events are held during the October holiday weekend. These events include:

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.

Background

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 is often falls in the same week as Halloween. Hence, it is sometimes known as the Halloween Holiday.

October Bank Holiday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
MonOct 291990October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 281991October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 261992October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 251993October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 311994October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 301995October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 281996October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 271997October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 261998October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 251999October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 302000October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 292001October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 282002October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 272003October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 252004October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 312005October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 302006October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 292007October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 272008October Bank HolidayNational holiday
MonOct 262009October Bank HolidayNational holiday
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

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