To an Irish, Easter Monday is a religious as well as a memorial day and is often a day for many people to spend time with family members and close friends. People may attend special church services or sports events as they do not have to work on that day. Easter Monday is officially designated a public holiday in Ireland, so in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, banks, post offices, and many other businesses and organisations remain shut. Stores and pubs may stay open late and sometimes close earlier than usual.

This is the day in history when the rebellious attack on the British, who ruled Dublin, began. This rebellion, which occurred on April 24, 1916, and claimed hundreds of lives, including civilians, became known as the Easter Rising and is a notable event in the Irish independence today. Parades and other events are held to commemorate the Easter Rising.

Every year, on Easter Monday, apart from the usual Christian practices, the citizens participate in memorials of these brave rebellious men and women. The parades often start in locations that have memorials laid out to the lives that were lost during the event. You can choose one of the locations which include the Arbour Hill prison, the Post Office or the Garden of Remembrance to attend the parades. Requiem Masses (Church service for the dead) are held around the country in memory of those who died during the rebellion.

Apart from visiting family members on Easter Monday, horse races are also popular, like the Cheltenham racing festival which is often held around this time. So families can attend a horse racing event on Easter Monday. The schedules for public transport service may vary depending on where you are coming from or traveling to. It might even be more hassle getting around if the roads are closed for events.