The dates for the start and the end of the school year are not fully standardised in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), so schools have some discretion about when students finish school in summer and when they start school in autumn.

All schools are closed in July and August for the Irish summer holidays. The dates for the Christmas, Easter and mid term breaks are standardised.

Discretionary days. Every school must be open for tuition for a minimum of 183 days at primary level and 167 days at post-primary level. Schools can use any remaining days at their discretion to extend the summer holiday period or to close on religious or other holidays.

School Holidays and Half Term Dates in Ireland.

School Term Dates in Ireland can be found here.

At the start of the school year, schools in Ireland will give a list of days that the school will be closed during the year, including holidays and training days for teachers. If there are other unexpected closures the school will let parents know in advance.

However, schools cannot use these days to extend the Christmas, Easter or mid-term breaks (unless a religious observance day(s) falls at that time for schools of a particular denomination or faith).

If a school does not have enough discretionary days left for a religious holiday schools can denote that day a non-tuition day.

For School Holidays in Northern Ireland Click The Link Below

School Holidays for Northern Ireland (NI)


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4 Great Tourist Attractions in Ireland

A visit to Ireland takes you close to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Giant's Causeway, Skellig Michael, and Brú na Bóinne plus many other breathtaking sceneries and cultural attractions.

Here are four great tourist spots in Ireland that you should definitely visit once you pick this amazing European country as your vacation destination.

Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo is the largest zoo in Ireland, covering more than twenty-eight hectares of Phoenix Park. Since the zoo is part of the European Endangered Species Programme, a global conservation program to breed endangered species, then you can be assured that a stop at the Dublin Zoo makes for a splendid recreational tour because you get to see many rare animals that may not exist in other parts of the world.

Dublin Zoo is home to many endangered animals like the Rodrigues fruit bats, golden lion tamarins (which are one of the rarest small monkeys in the world), and Moluccan cockatoos.

If you travel with your kids, then take them to the zoo's exciting themed areas, which include the African Plains, The Kaziranga Forest Trail, World of Primates, World of Cats, and Reptile House.

Cliffs of Moher

Sprawled across Ireland's craggy coastline, the captivating view of the beautiful Cliffs of Moher is a must-see for any tourist. Made up of ancient beds of sandstone and Namurian shale, the cliffs extend nearly five miles across and rise to approximately seven hundred feet tall above the Atlantic Ocean. River channels that are estimated to be up to three hundred million years old cut through the base of the Cliffs of Moher.

When you reach the high points of the iconic Cliffs of Moher, you can see the Galway Bay, Aran Islands, Maum Turk Mountains, and The Twelve Pins (a mountain range).

Trinity College

Trinity College in Dublin publicly displays the historic The Book of Kells, the original Latin calligraphic form of the four gospels of the New Testament. Celtic monks created the illuminated manuscript before 800AD. The manuscript is displayed in the Trinity College Library.

The National Gallery of Ireland

Enter the National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square for free and see renowned art masterpieces there. Founded in 1854, the National Gallery of Ireland is home to many masterpieces by famous artists such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, John Singer Sargent, Edgar Degas, and Johannes Vermeer. You can also view the museum's Yeats collection.

Many of the popular paintings that you have only seen in books are kept in the National Gallery of Ireland. Do not miss out on the opportunity to see the actual artworks when you stop by Dublin, Ireland.

Please note that some schools have decided to adopt slightly different half term and holiday dates to those shown here and it is therefore advisable to contact the individual school to confirm their dates before making holiday arrangements.

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