Bank holiday

Bloom thinks that the "August bank holiday" might be a good time to pay a visit to Milly in Mullingar, because he would have a three-day weekend. Bank holidays are days when the banks are closed, and some of them, including the first Monday in August, coincide with public holidays when other businesses close down. Irish people refer to public holidays colloquially as bank holidays, as Molly may be doing when she thinks, "not a bank holiday."

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Calendar of Irish bank holidays in 2015. Source: holidaystracker.com.