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School Holiday Dates

February 2015 mid-term break

Primary schools will close on Thursday 19th February 2015 and Friday 20th February 2015.

(Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend this break to an alternative option of a 5 day break for the period from Monday 16th February 2015 to Friday 20th February 2015 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.)

Post-primary schools will close from Monday 16th February 2015 to Friday 20th February 2015 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.

Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the February mid-term break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 18th February 2015.

Easter 2015

All schools will close on Friday 27th March 2015, which will be the final day of the school term, unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures. Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 1st April 2015.

All schools will re-open on Monday 13th April 2015.

Summer Holidays

Schools are required to be open for a minimum of 167 days at post-primary level and 183 days at primary level. School summer holidays are not standardised and schools may use discretionary days to determine the precise start and end of the school year.

Primary schools usually finish the school year sometime during the last week in June.

Post primary schools will not be open beyond the Friday preceding the June bank holiday in any year so as to facilitate the state examinations.

Schools will normally re-open during the week in which 1st September falls. However, the school year may start in the week prior to that in which 1st September falls if this is necessary in order to meet the overall requirement of a minimum of 167 days at post-primary level or 183 days at primary level.

You should check the exact dates with your school.

Easter, Christmas and Mid-term 2014/2015 and Subsequent School Years

The standard breaks at Christmas, Easter and Mid-term in the first and second terms for the school years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 are available under Circular 0016/2014 - Standardisation of the school year 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17

Contact

E-mail:schoolgovernance@education.gov.ie

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