Tourism Ireland is again turning famous attractions and sites around the world ‘green’ to mark St Patrick’s Day! The annual initiative, now in its eighth year, has grown from strength to strength, with lots of new landmarks signing up to take part this year.
Among this year’s iconic global landmarks, there are a host of Australian sites getting in on the action, with a number of Australia’s famous ‘Big Things’ signing up to celebrate St Patrick this year. The Big Banana, the Big Kangaroo, the Big Merino and the Big Tasmanian Devil, will all be lighting up for the Global Greening. Other well-known attractions across Australia will be joining in on the fun, including Hyde Park Barracks, Town Hall, NSW State Library in Sydney, Council House in Perth, Carillion in Canberra, and QPAC in Brisbane to name a few.
One World Trade Center in New York, City Hall and Heron Tower in London, Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona and Cloth Hall in Ypres join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening for the first time.
These new sites will join some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years – including the London Eye, the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Burj al Arab in Dubai, the Roue de Paris, the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building in New York, the Sky Tower in New Zealand and the Great Wall of China.
Click Tourism Ireland’s Global Greenings for footage of the world turning green.
Sofia Hansson, Manager Tourism Ireland, Australia and New Zealand said, “This is the eighth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and each year I am delighted to see even more well-known attractions and landmarks in Australia joining our St Patrick’s celebrations. The success of our Global Greening initiative is due in no small part to the great work that has been carried out across the world by Irish people down the generations and, in particular, to the great support we’ve received from the Irish embassy network and the Diaspora”.
Of course, the ‘greenings’ are just one part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The place to be on 17th March is Ireland, where there are two festivals which shouldn’t be missed.
In Dublin, the ‘St Patrick’s Festival’ will last for four great days, taking in the weekend and running from 16-19 March. The city will be alive with music, film, arts, dance, culture, fun and even international rugby.
Each year the festival has a different theme with this year’s ‘Ireland We Are’ giving the city a chance to showcase all that Ireland stands for today. Festival favourites include the world’s largest outdoor céilí, world-class museums hosting free workshops and guided historic walks including famous sites such as the Guinness Storehouse. The main event, the St Patrick’s Festival parade, is held on Friday 17 March in Dublin’s city centre.
In Northern Ireland, the newly curated ‘Home of St Patrick Festival’ celebrates St Patrick, the man and the saint, as one of the world’s most inspiring and loved saints of all time. Taking place in the beautiful landscape of Counties Armagh and Down, which was once Patrick’s home, the festival will culminate on Sunday 19 March with ‘The Voice of the Irish’ closing concert in spectacular Newry Cathedral.