The Dates For Your Diary resource is back again for its 10th consecutive year. So many teachers make use of this list while they are making plans for seasonal and related activities in the classroom during the school year. Huge thanks again to Ciara Reilly (@PrimEdTeacher on Twitter, @CiaraReillyLecturer on Instagram) for compiling this annual list.

As well as special days, feasts, festivals and celebrations it also includes dates of conferences that will be of educational interest to teachers. Links are provided for further information. Save the dates in your school diary.

All of these dates give teachers great opportunities to celebrate special occasions in school and to see how they can be integrated into the curriculum for educational purposes. So if you are in the midst of planning the year ahead, why not incorporate some of these special occasions into your plans.

If any occasions/dates have been omitted, or if there are any mistakes, please email me to let me know and I’ll update the list.

You can download a colourful booklet of the complete list, organised month by month, at the bottom of the page.

Where you see “TBC” – it means “To Be Confirmed” ie. the date has not been finalised at this point.

Date Event More Info
6th Read a Book Day
9th Dream Space LIVE: Read A Book Day with Minecraft: Education Edition
13th Roald Dahl Day
15th International Dot Day
19th Talk Like a Pirate Day
19th-23rd Walk to School Week
20th-22nd National Ploughing Championships
21st International Day of Peace
21st Dream Space LIVE: Building Peace with Minecraft: Education Edition
23rd Culture Night
23rd World Day of Sign Languages
23rd Autumn Equinox
26th European Day of Languages
30th European School Sports Day

Date Event More Info
1st Féilte 2022
TBC Blue Star Programme (closing date early Oct)
4th World Animal Day
4th Dream Space LIVE: Celebrate World Animal Day with Minecraft: Education Edition
4th-10th World Space Week
5th World Teachers’ Day
8th-23rd EU Code Week
Oct 8th-Nov 12th Women’s Rugby World Cup
10th World Homeless Day
10th Dream Space LIVE: World Space Week with Minecraft: Education Edition
10th-16th Climate Action Week
14th GOAL Jersey Day
15th-23rd Maths Week
15th Global Handwashing Day
16th World Food Day
17th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
17th Dream Space LIVE: Celebrate Coding with Minecraft:
Education Edition (EU Code Week)
21st Ficheall Inter-School Ches Tournaments (closing date)
30th Clocks go back one hour
31st Hallowe’en

Date Event More Info
3rd Outdoor Classroom Day (Autumn edition)
7th-11th Irish Sustainable Schools’ Network ‘Climate and Nature Summit’

(coincides with COP 27)

7th Dream Space LIVE: Choosing Our Future with Minecraft: Education Edition (Science Week)
11th Origami Day
12th Women’s Rugby World Cup Final
13th International Tongue Twister Day
13th-20th Science Week
20th FIFA Men’s World Cup begins
21st World Fisheries Day
24th Thanksgiving (USA)
27th Advent begins
TBC Library Week Ireland

Date Event More Info
3rd International Day of Persons with Disabilities
5th Birthday of Walt Disney
18th FIFA Men’s World Cup Final
21st Winter Solstice
25th Christmas Day
31st New Year’s Eve

Date Event More Info
1st New Year’s Day
4th World Braille Day
6th Nollaig na mBan
15th All Ireland Club Football and Hurling Finals
16th Martin Luther King Jr. Day
18th World Day of the Snowman
22nd-29th TBC Catholic Schools Week
22nd Chinese New Year (Year of the Rabbit)
26th Australia Day
Jan 29th-Feb 4th Storytelling Week (UK)
31st Backwards Day

Date Event More Info
1st Fhéile Bríde
4th Men’s Six Nations Rugby begins
7th Safer Internet Day
11th International Day of Women and Girls in Science
15th Green Flag Award (deadline day for applying for 1st flag)
28th Rare Disease Day
TBC Green Schools Exhibition (usually takes place on a Thursday in late February)
TBC Texaco Art Competition (deadline is usually in late February)

Date Event More Info  
1st World Compliment Day  
1st Zero Discrimination Day  
TBC Engineers’ Week (usually in early March)  
1st-17th Seachtain na Gaeilge  
2nd World Book Day Ireland  
4th Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) Annual Conference  
TBC Green Schools Water Poster & Video Competition (deadline usually in early March)  
8th International Women’s Day
TBC RDS/ESB “Science Blast” Primary Science Fair (usually in early March)
17th St. Patrick’s Day
19th Mothers’ Day
20th Spring Equinox  
20th World Oral Health Day  
20th International Day of Happiness  
21st Nowruz Day (Middle Eastern new year/spring holiday)

21st World Poetry Day  
22nd World Water Day  
23rd World Meteorological Day

24th Green Flag Award (deadline for 2nd+ flags)  
25th Women’s Six Nations Rugby begins  
Mar 25th-Apr 1st National Tree Week (TBC)
TBC Tech Week Ireland (usually late March/early April)
26th Clocks Go Forward

Date Event More Info
1st April Fools’ Day
2nd-8th Holy Week
2nd World Autism Awareness Day

9th Easter Sunday
12th International Day of Human Space Flight
22nd Earth Day
23rd Shakespeare Day
30th International Jazz Day

Date Event More Info
9th Europe Day
13th-21st Bike Week (TBC)
TBC ICT in Education Conference (usually in mid May)
19th Outdoor Classroom Day (Summer edition)
20th World Bee Day
21st International Tea Day
TBC INTO ‘Different Families, Same Love’ competition
TBC RDS/ESB “Science Blast” Primary Science Fair, Limerick (usually mid May)
TBC National Walk to School Week (usually second/third week of May)

Date Event More Info
3rd Butterfly Awareness and Education Day
5th World Environment Day
8th World Oceans Day
12th-19th Water Safety Week
18th Fathers’ Day
20th World Refugee Day
21st International Music Day
21st Summer Solstice
30th FÍS Film Festival  (deadline for submissions)
TBC RDS/ESB “Science Blast” Primary Science Fair, Belfast (usually in early June)

The full list of Dates for your Diary can be downloaded as a .PDF file here:


(Months of the Year visuals are available as a download HERE)

Ciara Reilly is Assistant Lecturer in Education in ICT and Digital Education in Marino Institute of Education. You can follow her on Twitter @PrimEdTeacher or on Instagram @CiaraReillyLecturer

Huge thanks to Ciara for compiling this list for the 10th year in a row.