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Jul 20th, 2012, 10:13 AM
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May 1 in Ireland

Recently decided on Dublin extension after transatlantic cruise and Paris, so end up in Dublin May 1. I read it is a holiday. Is it like Christmas were virutally everything is closed or more like Columbus Day with just fed and state govts closed. Thanks.
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Jul 20th, 2012, 06:30 PM
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We were in Paris for May 1st and it felt like a Sunday. Dublin will probably be the same. Everyone was out and about enjoying the day, it was really nice. Cafes and smaller shops were open. The bigger stores were closed and the Government offices.
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Jul 20th, 2012, 11:35 PM
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"Dublin will probably be the same. "

Why? Have you ever been to Ireland? Do you have the foggiest idea how Irish organisations handle bank holidays?

"I read it is a holiday."

Where have you read this?

In Ireland (both sides of the border) the Mayday holiday is NOT on May 1, but on the first Monday in May, which in 2013 is May 6. Mayday in the British Isles is not the Continental socialist-inspired festival of labour, in which substantial (but benign) union-organised demonstrations disrupt street life in big cities, but in cities just a rather artificial, relatively recent, day off.

Government offices close, some public transport runs on a timetable closer to a Sunday than a weekday, some bigger shops have slightly reduced hours and bank branches (but not ATMs) close. Otherwise, for visitors, it's no different from any other day.

The holiday in these islands is derived from pre-Reformation festivals of Mary the mother of Christ and even earlier spring festivals. In some country areas (though rare in Ireland), there are still local survivals of these rituals, and their public celebration has mostly moved from May 1 to the official first Monday in May public holiday. It might be worthwhile seeing what's on locally.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 10:12 AM
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We were in Ireland during May Day this year and noticed nothing different except some earlier closing times for shops, and an increased number of local tourists.
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