Important Irish Dates 2018 and 2019

We enjoy this quite a lot, here in weddingsonline HQ – preparing the list of important Irish dates 2018 and 2019. Why? Look no further than the real-life example of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They are having their wedding broadcast live on the same day as the FA Cup final. We hear sales of TVs already went up in the UK, so households can watch both events live without fighting over the remote. And as for the guys who will get that coveted wedding invitation… who’s going to guarantee they won’t spend part of the day completely MIA? Harry and Megs can only count on the good manners of their guests here.

In all seriousness, the reason you should keep these important Irish dates 2018 and 2019 in mind when setting the date is simple – some of your guests won’t be able to attend, or will be too distracted. If you do choose one of these dates, you may want to consider sending save-the-date cards around a year in advance, to give everyone as much notice as possible, rather than just a few weeks they’d get with invitations.

At certain times of the year some of your preferred suppliers may be heavily booked as well – for example, florists around Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. So take a look at our calendar before you set the date – it may just make a difference.

But, what to do if your other half is a major sports fan, and your wedding is already booked for the same day as a major event? Worry not – just ask the venue if they can arrange a viewing area close to your reception room. This way, everyone will still be nearby, and they’ll think you’re the coolest bride ever. Win win!

Here are all the important Irish dates for 2018:

January 2018

1st, Monday – New Year’s Day
27th, Saturday – Allianz Football and Hurling Leagues begin

February 2018

3rd, Saturday – Six Nations Rugby, France v Ireland
4th, Sunday – Super Bowl USA
9th, Friday – opening ceremony of Winter Olympics 2018
10th, Saturday – Six Nations Rugby, Ireland v Italy
14th, Wednesday – Valentine’s Day
14th, Wednesday – Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
24th, Saturday – Six Nations Rugby, Ireland v Wales
25th, Sunday – closing ceremony of Winter Olympics 2018, EFL Cup final

March 2018

9th, Friday – opening ceremony of Winter Paralympics 2018
10th, Saturday – Six Nations Rugby, Ireland v Scotland
11th, Sunday – Mother’s Day
18th, Sunday – closing ceremony of Winter Paralympics 2018
17th, Saturday – St Patrick’s Day; Six Nations Rugby, England v Ireland
19th, Monday – St Patrick’s Day Observance
25th, Sunday – Palm Sunday
30th, Friday – Good Friday

April 2018

1st, Sunday – Easter Sunday
2nd, Monday – Easter Monday
5th, Thursday to 8th, Sunday – The Masters Golf Tournament
13th, Friday – Friday the 13th

May 2018

6th, Sunday – The Provincial Football Championships begin
7th, Monday – May Day Bank Holiday
12th, Saturday – The Provincial Hurling Championships begin
19th, Saturday  – FA Cup Final
26th, Saturday – UEFA Champions League Final

June 2018

4th, Monday – June Bank Holiday
14th, Thursday – start of FIFA World Cup (goes on for one month)
14th, Thursday – 17th, Sunday – US Open Golf Championship
17th, Sunday – Father’s Day
23rd, Saturday – Munster Football Final

July 2018

1st, Sunday – Leinster and Munster Hurling Finals
2nd, Monday – Wimbledon starts
7th, Saturday – Tour de France begins
13th, Friday – Friday the 13th
15th, Sunday – end of FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon final
19th, Thursday – 22nd, Sunday – British Open Golf Championship
20th, Friday – 22nd, Sunday – Rugby World Cup Sevens Tournament
29th, Sunday – Tour de France ends

August 2018

6th, Monday – August Bank Holiday
16th, Thursday – 19th, Sunday – The US PGA Golf Championship
19th, Sunday – All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final

September 2018

28th, Friday – 30th, Sunday – Ryder Cup
2nd, Sunday – GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Final
8th, Saturday – All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final replay (if required)
15th, Saturday – GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Final replay (if required)

October 2018

29th, Monday – October Bank Holiday

November 2018

1st, Thursday – All Saints Day
11th, Sunday – Remembrance Day

December 2018

24th, Monday – Christmas Eve
25th, Tuesday – Christmas Day
26th, Wednesday – St Stephen’s Day
31st, Monday – New Year’s Eve

Here are all the important Irish dates for 2019:

January 2019

1st, Tuesday – New Year’s Day

February 2019

1st, Friday – Six Nations Rugby, England v Ireland
3rd, Sunday – Super Bowl USA
9th, Saturday – Six Nations Rugby, Scotland v Ireland
14th, Thursday – Valentine’s Day
24th, Sunday – Six Nations Rugby, Italy v Ireland

March 2019

6th, Wednesday – Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
10th, Sunday – Six Nations Rugby, Ireland v France
16th, Saturday – Six Nations Rugby, Wales v Ireland
17th, Sunday – St Patrick’s Day
18th, Monday – St Patrick’s Day Observance
31st, Sunday – Mother’s Day

April 2019

11th, Thursday – 14th, Sunday – The Masters Golf Tournament
19th, Friday – Good Friday
21st, Sunday – Easter Sunday
22nd, Monday – Easter Monday

May 2019

6th, Monday – May Day Bank Holiday
unconfirmed – FA Cup Final
unconfirmed – The US PGA Golf Championship

June 2019

3rd, Monday – June Bank Holiday
13th, Thursday – 16th, Sunday – US Open Golf Championship
16th, Sunday – Father’s Day
unconfirmed – Tour de France
unconfirmed – Wimbledon

July 2019

18th, Thursday – 21st, Sunday – British Open Golf Championship

August 2019 

5th, Monday – August Bank Holiday

September 2019

20th, Friday – Rugby World Cup begins

October 2019

28th, Monday – October Bank Holiday

November 2019

1st, Friday – All Saints’ Day
2nd, Saturday – Rugby World Cup ends
10th, Sunday – Remembrance Day

December 2019

24th, Tuesday – Christmas Eve
25th, Wednesday – Christmas Day
26th, Thursday – St Stephen’s Day
31st, Tuesday – New Year’s Eve

Main image from Avril & John’s real wedding by M&M Photography

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