Monday 25 September 2017

Landmarks get green light to mark festivities

Fiach Kelly

THE FOUR Courts, Custom House and Aras an Uachtarain are among a swathe of Irish landmarks to go green for the first time as part of St Patrick's Day celebrations.

The final list will be announced later today, but it also includes Dublin and Shannon Airports, Heuston Station, the Rock of Cashel, Trim Castle, Dublin Castle and the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham.

Almost every landmark in Dublin's Phoenix Park – such as the Aras, Farmleigh and the Wellington and Phoenix monuments – will also go green for the first time, as well the War Memorial Park and the Garden of Remembrance.

The 'greening' of domestic landmarks was started last year by Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar, after the success of getting international landmarks to go green for St Patrick's Day.

Mr Varadkar wrote to all major state bodies late last year asking them to pick Irish landmarks that could turn green in the year of The Gathering.

The domestic landmarks will be illuminated from later today.

Irish Independent

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