The National Day of Ireland is on the 17th March (St. Patrick’s Day, patron saint of Ireland). This as you will note is a public holiday in Ireland and Northern Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is named after Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century.
National Day of Ireland
Firstly the story behind the day is that he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave. He was 16 at this time and was held in captivity for a number of years. He then escaped and became a priest.The story is that he returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. It was him who has been credited with spreading Christianity throughout the country. The origins of the holiday is not exactly known. It is believed by some that it was a feast day in the 17th century to celebrate his death. It became a holiday in 1903.
Public Holidays in Ireland
Firstly these public holidays on Ireland’s are as follows:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- St. Patrick’s Day – March 17th
- Easter Monday – The Monday after Easter Sunday (moves each year)
- May Day – First Monday in May
- June Bank Holiday – First Monday in June
- August Bank Holiday – First Monday in August
- October Bank Holiday – Last Monday in October
- Christmas Day – December 25th
- St. Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day) – December 26th
Finally you will also note that Easter Sunday and Good Friday are not public holidays in Ireland, but some businesses may close on those days. See also other holidays about the world such as the Bahrain public holidays as well as the Western Australia public holidays and Queensland Public Holidays.