May Bank Holiday in Ireland

May Bank Holiday is a public holiday in Ireland on the First Monday in March National holiday in Ireland

The May Bank Holiday in Ireland takes place on the first Monday in May

When is May Bank Holiday in Ireland?

How long until May Bank Holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 76 Days.
Dates of May Bank Holiday
Year Weekday Date
2020 Monday May 4th
2019 Monday May 6th
2018 Monday May 7th
2017 Monday May 1st
Local Name
Lá Bealtaine
This holiday is most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labor movement

Having a public holiday on the first Monday in May was only legislated in the Republic of Ireland in 1993 and became a holiday on 4 May 1994.

The holiday is nowadays related to the International Worker's Day celebrated around the world on 1 May each year.

However, the idea of a holiday at the start of May predates any labour movement inspired event, and the traditional May Day celebrations owe a debt to the Gaelic festival of Beltane. Indeed this holiday is still called 'Lá Bealtaine' in Irish Gaelic.

Beltane was considered the last day of winter and was a celebration of the beginning of summer. So in a way, this modern holiday completes the circle back to the culture that first inspired it.

Schools, banks and most businesses will be closed. Retail shops and pubs may open but with reduced hours and public transport may have restricted schedules or run a Sunday service.

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