Bank and public holiday dates

Bank holidays are holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day. Public Holidays are holidays which have been observed through custom and practice, such as Christmas Day.

Find out about the bank and public holiday dates in Northern Ireland and employees’ rights to pay or time off on bank holidays.

Bank and public holiday dates

The expected dates of bank and public holidays in Northern Ireland for this year, and the next two years, are listed below.

*When the usual date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the ‘substitute day’ is normally the following Monday. For example in 2013, St Patrick’s Day is on Sunday 17 March, so the substitute bank holiday is Monday, 18 March.

HOLIDAY 2013 2014 2015
New Year’s Day 1 January 1 January 1 January
St Patrick’s Day 18 March* 17 March 17 March
Good Friday 29 March 18 April 3 April
Easter Monday 1 April 21 April 6 April
Early May Bank Holiday 6 May 5 May 4 May
Spring Bank Holiday 27 May 26 May 25 May
Battle of the Boyne
– or Orangemen’s Day
12 July 14 July* 13 July*
Summer Bank Holiday 26 August 25 August 31 August
Christmas Day 25 December 25 December 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December 26 December 28 December*

Special bank holidays

There are laws that allow the dates of bank holidays to be changed, or other holidays to be declared, for example to celebrate special occasions.

For example, there was a special bank holiday in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The 2012 late May bank holiday was moved to Monday 4 June 2012 and an additional Jubilee bank holiday was on Tuesday 5 June 2012.

Time off for employees

As an employer, you don’t have to provide paid leave on bank and public holidays, though many employers will provide this. Any right to time off or extra pay for working on a bank holiday depends on the terms of the contract of employment with your employees.

For more information about paid leave: