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School Year Calendar Arrangements 2023/2024

Check out the school year calendar arrangements below along with links to some of the most popular sections on the site throughout each month of the school year on the right.

September 2023

Key Dates for September

End of August / Beginning September - Schools throughout the country re-open. Individual schools will notify parents of opening dates.

September - Leaving Certificate Results issue 25th August 2023

Family Highlights

  • Leaving Certificate Results Issue
  • Extra curricular Activities Resume
  • CAO Offers Issue
  • Debs Celebrations

School Highlights

  • Higher Options Exhibition 20 - 22 Sept

October 2023

Key Dates for October

Monday 30th October 2023 to Friday 3rd November 2023 incl - October Mid-Term Break

Halloween falls on Tues 31st October.

Family Highlights

School Highlights

November 2023

Key Dates for November

Mon 6th November - Schools re-open after mid-term

Family Highlights

  • MS Readathon
  • Parent Teacher Meetings
  • Communion Day Planning
  • Christmas Planning

School Highlights

December 2023

Key Dates for December

22nd December - Final Day of Christmas Term

Mon 25th December to Friday 5th January incl - Christmas School Holidays

Family Highlights

School Highlights

  • Exam Timetables usually published

January 2024

Key Dates for January

Monday 8th January - Schools re-open

1st February - CAO Closing Date

Family Highlights

School Highlights

  • BT Young Scientist & Tech Exhib
  • Primary Science Fair

February 2024

Key Dates for February

February Mid-Term Break*
Secondary closed Mon 12th – Fri 16th Feb incl.
Primary closed Thurs 15th - Fri 16th Feb with option to extend to 5 day break (12th-16th).
*NB view contingency arrangements

Thursday 1st February - CAO Closing Date
Monday 5th February - St Brigids Day (Public Holiday)

Family Highlights

School Highlights

  • CAO Closing Date 1st February

March 2024

Key Dates for March

Sunday 17th March/Mon 18th March - Saint Patrick's Day/Bank Holiday

Friday 22nd March last day of school before Easter Break
Easter Break* Mon 25th- to Friday 5th April inclusive - Schools Closed.
*NB view contingency arrangements to make up lost school time, i.e. schools may stay open until Wed 27th March

Family Highlights

  • St Patricks Day 17th March
  • Bank Holiday 18th March
  • Mothers Day 10th March
  • Plan for Easter

School Highlights

  • Engineers Week

April 2024

Key Dates for April

Schools re-open 8th April after Easter Break

Family Highlights

School Highlights

  • Practical & Oral Exams usually take place

May 2024

Key Dates for May

Monday 6th May - May Bank Holiday

End of May/beginning June - Secondary schools finish

Family Highlights

School Highlights

  • School Tour Season
  • First Communion Ceremonies
  • 6th Year Graduation Ceremonies
  • Secondary School finish for summer

June 2024

Key Dates for June

Monday 3rd June - June Bank Holiday
June - Junior Cert & Leaving Cert exams start

End of June - Primary schools finish
Note about School Summer Holiday Dates

Family Highlights

  • Junior & Leaving Cert start
  • Fathers Day - 16th June
  • School Tours Galore!
  • Primary Schools finish - end June

School Highlights

  • State Exams Commence
  • 6th Class graduation ceremonies
  • Primary Schools Finish for summer

Additional School Holidays and Closures

Under Department of Education rules, there is a requirement for a school to be open for a minimum of 167 days at post primary level and 183 days at primary level. So, while the school year is standardised for holidays and mid-term breaks, schools have discretion to arrange teaching days outside these periods. Many schools will use their discretionary days to determine the start and end of the school year. Some schools use their discretionary days for extended bank holiday breaks and others extend the May bank holiday break to a full week. Parents, therefore need to check with their own schools for details of school holidays and closures extra to those shown in the school calendar above.

Contingency arrangements are also in place in the event that schools need to make time due to unforeseen school closures – view contingency arrangements here.