Hours of Operation


Hours of Operation

Business hours are 9-5, sometimes later in the larger towns. In smaller towns, stores often close from 1 to 2 for lunch. If a holiday falls on a weekend, most businesses are closed on Monday.

Banks are open 10-4 weekdays. In small towns banks may close from 12:30 to 1:30. They remain open until 5 one afternoon per week; the day varies but it's usually Thursday. Post offices are open weekdays 9-5 and Saturday 9-1; some of the smaller branches close for lunch.

In Northern Ireland bank hours are weekdays 9:30-4:30. Post offices are open weekdays 9-5:30, Saturday 9-1. Some close for an hour at lunch (1-2).

There are some 24-hour gas stations along the highways; otherwise, hours vary from morning rush hour to late evenings.

Museums and sights are generally open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 2-5.

Most pharmacies are open Monday-Saturday 9-5:30 or 6. Larger towns and cities often have 24-hour establishments.

Most shops are open Monday–Saturday 9–5:30 or 6. Once a week—normally Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday—shops close at 1 pm. These times do not apply to Dublin, where stores generally stay open later, and they can vary from region to region, so it's best to check locally. Larger malls usually stay open late once a week—generally until 9 on Thursday or Friday. Convenience stores, supermarkets, and gas stations in both Dublin and rural Ireland are generally open until 8 or 9 pm.

Shops in Belfast are open weekdays 9-5:30, with a late closing on Thursday, usually at 9. Elsewhere in Northern Ireland, shops close for the afternoon once a week, usually Wednesday or Thursday. In addition, most smaller shops close for an hour or so at lunch.


Irish national holidays in 2013 are as follows: January 1 (New Year's Day); March 17 (St. Patrick's Day); March 29 (Good Friday); April 1 (Easter Monday); May 6 (May Day); June 3 and August 5 (summer bank holidays); October 28 (autumn bank holiday); and December 25 and 26 (Christmas and St. Stephen's Day). If you plan to visit at Easter, remember that theaters and cinemas are closed for the last three days of the preceding week.

In Northern Ireland the following are holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day); March 17 (St. Patrick's Day); April 6 (Good Friday); April 9 (Easter Monday); May 6 (early May bank holiday); May 27 and 26 (spring bank holiday); July 12 (Battle of the Boyne); August 26 (summer bank holiday); and December 25 and 26 (Christmas and Boxing Day).

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