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When is Mother's Day in Ireland?

   
Mother's Day 2017 in Ireland will be on

Sunday, 26 March 2017

    
In Ireland, like in the United Kingdom, Mothering Sunday (Mother's Day) is held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, in other words, three weeks before Easter Sunday, usually during the second half of March or at the beginning of April. In times gone by, this day was put forward by the Church as a kind of break, a time of encouragement during the Lenten season, when people gave up certain things during a forty day period. Traditionally, young Irish people would go back to the church they had attended as children, accompanied by their mother and the rest of the family.

 

Nowadays, this day is an opportunity to gather the whole family together to offer mums gifts, chocolates and flowers, not to mention Simnel cake. This used to be a traditional Mothering Sunday cake, decorated with fresh or crystallized violets and 11 marzipan balls symbolizing Jesus’ apostles (minus Judas). Now it is more commonly made for Easter.

Dates of Mother's Day in Ireland, in the next 10 years

  • Sunday, 26 March 2017
  • Sunday, 11 March 2018
  • Sunday, 31 March 2019
  • Sunday, 22 March 2020
  • Sunday, 14 March 2021
  • Sunday, 27 March 2022
  • Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Sunday, 10 March 2024
  • Sunday, 30 March 2025
  • Sunday, 15 March 2026

 

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