Ireland Month by Month

March in Ireland - with marching bands, on Saint Patrick's Day, when everybody is Oirish
••• March in Ireland - with marching bands, on Saint Patrick's Day, when everybody is Oirish. © Bernd Biege 2017
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    January in Ireland

    January in Ireland - generally the coldest month of them all
    ••• January in Ireland - generally the coldest month of them all. © Bernd Biege 2017

    Ireland month by month ... this is an attempt at a concise "perpetual calendar" for quick reference on the most important events from January through to December. Feast days, festivals, public holidays, and other things the traveller visiting Ireland should know about.

    But a quick note before we start with January, and make our way month by month through to December in Ireland on the following pages - this listing of the events, holidays, and other remarkable (calendar-related) things that come up every year can only be a general introduction to Irish life, so to say.

    And it always is a work in progress. The listings will be added to over time, with links to related content, with the odd one even biting the dust now and then.

    Plus, we have to rely a bit on your help here - if you think that an event or date merits inclusion (obviously not one-off events, please, only well-established and regular ones with a broad appeal), do not hesitate to drop me a line ...

    But now, on to January...MORE in Ireland on the next page ...

    Irish Public Holidays in January

    January in the Irish Calendar

    • First Monday in January - Handsel Monday (rarely observed, and mainly a regional feast anyway).
    • January 6th - Epiphany, Old Christmas or the "Women's Christmas", also known as "Little Christmas".
    • January 25th - Burns Night (mainly an Ulster-Scots celebration).

    Regular January Events in Ireland

    • The Temple Bar Tradfest is usually held towards the end of January in Dublin.
    • Chinese New Year may be celebrated in January, a special public event is usually taking place around that date in Dublin.

    But now, on to February in Ireland on the next page ...

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    February in Ireland

    February in Ireland - the month of Saint Brigid
    ••• February in Ireland - the month of Saint Brigid. © Bernd Biege 2017

    Irish Public Holidays in February

    February in the Irish Calendar

    Regular February Events in Ireland

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    March in Ireland

    March in Ireland - with marching bands, on Saint Patrick's Day, when everybody is Oirish
    ••• March in Ireland - with marching bands, on Saint Patrick's Day, when everybody is Oirish. © Bernd Biege 2017

    Irish Public Holidays in March

    • There is one big public holiday this month - Saint Patrick's Day, March 17th (celebrated in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland). Should Saint Patrick's Day fall on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be a holiday in lieu. Celebrations will, however, still take place on the proper date.
    • Good Friday may be celebrated in March, this is a public holiday in Northern Ireland only.
    • Easter Monday may also be celebrated in March, this is a public holiday both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
    • See the complete lists of public holidays in the Republic of Ireland and public holidays in Northern Ireland for more information.

    March in the Irish Calendar

    Regular March Events in Ireland

    • Basically, it is all about Saint Patrick ... with little room for anything else except Easter.

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    April in Ireland

    April in Ireland - when the daffodils are in full bloom
    ••• April in Ireland - when the daffodils are in full bloom. © Bernd Biege 2017

    Irish Public Holidays in April

    April in the Irish Calendar

    Regular April Events in Ireland

    • Dublin regularly asserts its place in the world of literature with the One City One Book festival during April

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    May in Ireland

    May in Ireland - surf season in full swing, but don't expect tropical temperatures
    ••• May in Ireland - surf season in full swing, but don't expect tropical temperatures. © Bernd Biege 2017

    Irish Public Holidays in May

    May in the Irish Calendar

    Regular May Events in Ireland

    • The Fleadh Nua music festival takes over the streets and pubs of Ennis, County Clare.

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    June in Ireland

    Ireland in June - a Joyce-ful month
    ••• Ireland in June - a Joyce-ful month. © Bernd Biege 2017

    Irish Public Holidays in June

    June in the Irish Calendar

    • June 16th - Bloomsday in Dublin to honour James Joyce, fans go wild, the general public is less enthusiatic, but any excuse for a drink ...

    Regular June Events in Ireland

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    July in Ireland

    July in Ireland - the
    ••• July in Ireland - the "Marching Season" in full swing, but far more relaxed than in the bad old days. © Bernd Biege 2017

    Irish Public Holidays in July

    July in the Irish Calendar

    Regular July Events in Ireland

    • The Orange Order Parade at Rossnowlagh, County Donegal, takes place on the Saturday just before July 12th - the only such parade in the Republic of Ireland, a very civilised and peaceful event.

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    August in Ireland

    Ireland in August - not only in Knock will Mary be venerated
    ••• Ireland in August - not only in Knock will Mary be venerated. © Bernd Biege 2017

    Irish Public Holidays in August

    August in the Irish Calendar

    • August 10th to 12th - Puck Fair in Killorglin, County Kerry, one of Ireland's oldest traditional events.
    • August 15th - Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary, a Catholic Day of Obligation and celebrated with special masses throughout the island. It is especially busy at the Marian Shrine in Knock (County Mayo).

    Regular August Events in Ireland

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    September in Ireland

    September in Ireland - GAA All-Ireland Finals
    ••• September in Ireland - GAA All-Ireland Finals. © Bernd Biege 2017

    Irish Public Holidays in September

    September in the Irish Calendar

    • The All Ireland Hurling Finals are held in Dublin's Croke Park on the first Sunday in September, expect large crowds in the city.
    • The All Ireland Football Finals are held in Dublin's Croke Park on the third Sunday in September, expect large crowds in the city, again.
    • Around September 21st, the Autumn Equinox occurs - with alignments at the megalithic site of Loughcrew.

    Regular September Events in Ireland

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    October in Ireland

    Ireland in October - when the Dublin marathon and Halloween celebrate an uneasy alliance
    ••• Ireland in October - when the Dublin marathon and Halloween celebrate an uneasy alliance. © Bernd Biege 2017

    Irish Public Holidays in October

    October in the Irish Calendar

    • October 31st - Samhain (starts at sundown)
    • October 31st - Halloween (the American import that almost replaced Samhain)

    Regular October Events in Ireland

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    November in Ireland

    November in Ireland - when geese should stay well clear of the cleaver
    ••• November in Ireland - when geese should stay well clear of the cleaver. © Bernd Biege 2017

    Irish Public Holidays in November

    November in the Irish Calendar

    • November 5th - Guy Fawkes Night (rarely celebrated even in Unionist communities in Northern Ireland).
    • Remembrance Sunday is held on the Sunday nearest to November 11th - mainly in Northern Ireland, where the war effort is more a cause for remembrance.
    • November 11th - Saint Martin's Day or Martinmas, an almost forgotten celebration, which spells the end for many a goose.
    • The first Advent Sunday may fall in late November, heralding Christmas.

    Regular November Events in Ireland

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    December in Ireland

    December in Ireland - when Santa is coming
    ••• December in Ireland - when Santa is coming. © Bernd Biege 2017

    Irish Public Holidays in December

    December in the Irish Calendar

    • December 6th - Saint Nicholas' Day (rarely observed in Ireland today).
    • December 8th - traditional shopping day for the rural population, everybody heads into town.
    • Around December 21st - Winter Solstice (a Pagan feast, especially famous is the Newgrange solar alignment - which might be modern).
    • December 26th - known in Irish folklore as Wren Day and may see groups of mummers out and about.
    • December 31st - New Year's Eve.

    Regular December Events in Ireland

    • December 26th - the post-Christmas sales start (mainly in Dublin), avoid the inner cities!
    • December 27th - the post-Christmas sales start everywhere, see above!

    And now, the year in Ireland is ready to start again, with yet another January ...