Easter holidays in schools

Schools in Ireland must open for 183 days per year at primary level and 167 days per year at post-primary level. Dates for the start and the end of the school year are not standardised so schools have some discretion about when students finish school in the summer and when they start school in the autumn. All schools are closed for July and most (or all) of August.

Dates for Christmas, Easter and mid-term breaks are standardised. All schools will close on Friday 27 March 2015 for the Easter break (unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures). If this is the case a school authority may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 1 April 2015. All schools will re-open on Monday 13 April 2015.

Read more about school terms.