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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.


Family Highlights

  • Extra curricular Activities Resume
  • CAO Offers Continue
  • Debs Celebrations

School Highlights

  • Higher Options Exhibition



October 2023

Key Dates for October


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

Halloween falls on Tuesday 31st October.


Family Highlights

School Highlights





November 2023

Key Dates for November


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


Family Highlights

School Highlights




December 2023

Key Dates for December


Friday 22nd December - Final Day of Christmas Term

Monday 25th December to Friday 5th January incl - Christmas School Holidays
Schools Re-Open Monday 8th January


Family Highlights

  • Planning Christmas Activities
  • Winter Solstice

School Highlights

  • Exam Timetables usually published



January 2024

Key Dates for January


Monday 8th January - Schools re-open

Wed 1st February - CAO Closing Date
Mon 6th Feb - St Brigids Day (Public Holiday)


Family Highlights

  • Afterschool Activities Resume
  • CAO Closing date looms
  • Plan for February Midterm

School Highlights






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

Wednesday 1st February - CAO Closing Date


Family Highlights

  • Valentines Day 14th February
  • Pancake Tueday 21 February
  • February MidTerm Planning
  • Confirmation Day Planning

School Highlights

  • CAO Closing Date 1st February
  • Safer Internet Day





March 2024

Key Dates for March


Friday 17th March - Saint Patrick's Day


Easter Break* Mon 25th March- to Fri 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
  • Mothers Day 10th March
  • Plan for Easter

School Highlights

  • Engineers Week





April 2024

Key Dates for April


Easter Break* Mon 25th March- to Fri 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

Monday 8th April - Schools reopen


Family Highlights

  • Easter School Holidays

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
TBC 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 166 days at post primary level and 182 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.




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