Date and time notation in Ireland

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In Ireland, the date is written in the order "day month year", with the separator as a stroke, dot, hyphen, or just left blank.

Examples:

  • 31/12/92
  • 31.12.92
  • 31-12-92
  • 31 12 92

31 December 1992 is also used, or in Irish, 31 Nollaig 1992. When dates are spoken, they are generally given in "day month year" order: "the 31st of December 1992".

Time[edit]

24-hour is the dominant format. The 24-hour notation is written "04:05".

Examples:

  • 14:00 is said as "two o'clock", "two", or "two (o'clock) in the afternoon". In Irish it is "a dó a chlog".
  • 14:01 - 14:14 and 14:16 - 14:29 is said as "... past two". In Irish it is "... tar éis a dó".
  • 14:15 is said as "a quarter past two". In Irish it is "ceathrú tar éis a dó".
  • 14:30 is said as "half past two" or "half two". In Irish it is "leathuair tar éis a dó".
  • 14:31 - 14:44 and 14:46 - 14:59 is said as "... to three". In Irish it is "... chun a trí".
  • 14:45 is said as "a quarter to three". In Irish it is "ceathrú chun a trí".

In addition to this, the system of saying the exact time (e.g., 14:55 is said as "fourteen fifty-five") is also widely used. People in Ireland commonly use both systems of time.