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School Year Calendar Arrangements 2023



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.



January 2023

Key Dates for January


Thursday 5th January - Schools re-open

1st February - CAO Closing Date


Family Highlights

School Highlights






February 2023

Key Dates for February


February Mid-Term Break*
Secondary closed Mon 13th – Fri 17th Feb incl.
Primary closed Thurs 16th - Fri 17th Feb with option to extend to 5 day break (13th-17th).
*NB view contingency arrangements

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


Family Highlights

School Highlights

  • CAO Closing Date 1st February
  • Safer Internet Day 7th February





March 2023

Key Dates for March



Friday 17th March - Saint Patrick's Day


Friday 31st March last day of school before Easter Break


Family Highlights

  • St Patricks Day 17th March
  • Mothers Day 19th March
  • World Down Syndrome Day 21st March
  • Plan for Easter

School Highlights

  • Engineers Week 4-10th March





April 2023

Key Dates for April


Easter Break* Mon 3rd April- to Friday 14th April inclusive - Schools Closed.

Monday 17th April - Schools reopen
*NB view contingency arrangements to make up lost school time, i.e. schools may stay open until Wed 5th April


Family Highlights

  • Easter School Holidays
  • World Autism Awarenss Day 2nd April

School Highlights

  • Practical & Oral Exams usually take place



May 2023

Key Dates for May


Monday 1st May - May Bank Holiday

End of May/beginning June - Secondary schools finish


Family Highlights

School Highlights




June 2023

Key Dates for June


Monday 5th June - June Bank Holiday
Wednesday 7th 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 - view timetables
  • Fathers Day - 18th June
  • School Tours Galore!
  • Primary Schools finish - end June

School Highlights








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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