Ireland Public Holiday 2012

Here is a list of the 9 Ireland public holiday dates in 2012.

Date English Name Irish Name Notes
1 January New Year’s Day Lá Caille or
Lá Bliana Nua
Most also take time off work for New Year’s Eve (Oíche Chinn Bliana).
17 March Saint Patrick’s Day Lá Fhéile Pádraig National day.
Moveable Monday Easter Monday Luan Cásca The day after Easter Sunday (Domhnach Cásca) – also coincides with the commemoration of the Easter Rising. Good Friday (Aoine an Chéasta) is not a public holiday, though all state schools and some businesses close.
Moveable Monday Labour Day Lá an Lucht Oibre The first Monday in May. Sometimes called “May Day” (Lá Bealtaine). First observed in 1994.
Moveable Monday June Holiday Lá Saoire i mí Mheitheamh The first Monday in June. Previously observed as Whit Monday until 1973.
Moveable Monday August Holiday Lá Saoire i mí Lúnasa The first Monday in August.
Moveable Monday October Holiday Lá Saoire i mí Dheireadh Fómhair The last Monday in October. (Lá Saoire Oíche Shamhna). First observed in 1977.
25 December Christmas Day Lá Nollag Most start Christmas celebrations on Christmas Eve (Oíche Nollag), including taking time off work.
26 December St. Stephen’s Day Lá Fhéile Stiofáin or Lá an Dreoilín The day after Christmas celebrating the feast day of Saint Stephen. Lá an Dreoilín translates as the Day of the Wren.

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