The Academic Calendar in Ireland


In just over a month, the school year will begin in Ireland. Today’s post is specifically aimed at students who are going to spend an academic term or year with Ireland-Experience for the first time. The Spanish families who trust us can confirm that we are in close contact with the schools and with the host families. We take care of everything and accompany the boys throughout the entire process.

The school year in Ireland is very different from the Spanish one. It usually starts the last week of August and ends at the end of May. Although the calendar is very different, the number of school days is very similar to that of Spain, around 170.

Holiday periods are also peculiar. During the last week of October, coinciding with Halloween, schools enjoy the first week of holidays, called “mid-term break for the first term”. At Christmas there are two weeks of holidays, but, unlike in Spain, classes start a couple of days before, coinciding with the celebration of the Three Wise Men or Kings. In mid-February the schools close again for a week (mid-term break for the second term). Finally, let me tell you that we enjoy a two-holiday week for Easter (Holy Week).

The Public Holidays in Ireland are the following:

– January 1st, New year.

– March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day

– Easter Monday

– First Monday in May, June and August (Bank holidays)

– Last Monday in October, coinciding with Halloween.

– December 25th and 26th, for Christmas.

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