In Northern Ireland, there are currently 10 permanent bank holidays - the same eight as in England and Wales, plus St Patrick's Day and the Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Public and Bank Holidays in Northern Ireland. (NI)

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 was on Sunday 17th March, so the substitute bank holiday was Monday, 18th March.

Northern Ireland Easter Dates 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Northern Ireland Bank Holidays 2014 2015 2016
New Year's Day 1 January 1 Jan 1 Jan
St Patrick's Day 17 March 17 March 17 March
Good Friday 18 April 3 April 25 March
Easter Monday 21 April 6 April 28 March
Early May Bank Holiday 5 May 4 May 2 May
Spring Bank Holiday 26 May 25 May 30 May
Battle of the Boyne
(Orangemen's Day)
14 July* 13 July* 12 July
Summer Bank Holiday 25 August 31 Aug 29 Aug
Christmas Day 25 December 25 Dec 26 Dec*
Boxing Day 26 December 28 Dec* 27 Dec*

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.

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 fell on Tuesday 5 June 2012.

Republic of Ireland Bank Holidays. Easter 2014, 2015 and 2016 Dates.

There are 9 public holidays in Ireland each year. ROI Public holidays may commemorate a special day or other event, for example, St Patrick's Day (17 March) or Christmas Day (25 December). On a public holiday, sometimes called a bank holiday, most businesses and schools close.

Ireland Bank Holidays, Irish Easter Dates 2014 2015 2016
New Year’s Day 1st January 1 January 1 Jan
St Patrick’s Day 17 March 17 March 17 March
(Good Friday) 18th April 3 April 25 March
(Easter Sunday)   5 April 27 March
Easter Monday 21st April 6 April 28 March
May Day Bank Holiday 5th May 4 May 2May
June Bank Holiday 2nd June 1 June 6 June
August Bank Holiday 4th August 3 Aug 1 Aug
October Bank Holiday 27th October 26 Oct 31 Oct
Christmas Day Bank Holiday 25th December 25 Dec 25 Dec
St. Stephen's Day Bank Holiday 26th December 28 Dec* 26 Dec

Substitute days are marked with *

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Substitute days

When the usual date of a bank or public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, a 'substitute day' is given, normally the following Monday.

For example in 2009, Boxing Day was on Saturday, 26 December, so there was a substitute bank holiday on Monday, 28 December. The official public and bank holiday dates for the UK are listed on this webpage here -

England, Wales and Scotland Bank Holiday Dates

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