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

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.

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:

DES Circular 0016/2014 – Standardisation of the school year 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17  

  • School Year Starts

    School opens Thursday 27th August 2009.


    Monday 27th October 2014 to Friday 31th October 2014 (inclusive).

    Christmas Examinations

    Period leading up to Friday 19th December 2014.

    Christmas Holidays

    School Closes: Friday 22nd December 2014 at 15:55.
    School re-opens: Monday 5th January 2015 at 08:55.

    Boarders return Sunday evening 4th January before 9.30 pm.

  • Mid-Term Break

    Monday 16th February 2015 to Friday 20th February 2015 (inclusive).

    Pre-Certificate Examinations

    Period leading up to .

    Scholarship Examination

    Wednesday 4th March 2015.

    St. Patrick’s Day

    Tuesday 17th March 2015

    Easter Holidays

    School Closes: Friday 27th March 2015 at 15:55.
    School Re-opens: Monday 13th April 2015 at 08:55.

    Boarders return Sunday night 12th March before 21.30.

  • Bank Holiday

    Monday 4th May 2015.

    Sports Day

    Tuesday 12th May 2015.

    Summer Examinations

    Period leading up to Friday 29th May 2015.

    School Year Ends

    Friday 29th May 2015.

    State Examinations

    Begin on Wednesday 3rd June 2015.