Wednesday 28 September 2016

50 Shades of Green: Global landmarks to light up for St. Patrick's Day

Global Greening

Published 10/02/2016 | 11:39

Burj al Arab hotel, Dubai, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Burj al Arab hotel, Dubai, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The iconic ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Sam Morris / Las Vegas News Bureau
Comedian Brendan O’Carroll at the New Brighton Pier in Christchurch, New Zealand, which is illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Roue de Paris (Big Wheel) in the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Great Wall of China joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
A delegation led by Minister Jan O'Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills, at the greening of Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil. Photo: Twitter/Consulate General of Ireland in Sao Paolo (@IrlSaoPaolo)
The Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris joins the Global Greening.
Heidecksburg Castle, Rudolstadt, Germany. Photo: Burkhard Braun
London – Selfridges in London joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic: Anthony Upton
The Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Neil Price
The London Eye joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Gretel Ensignia/PA Wire
The Leaning Tower of Pisa joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Selfies for St. Patrick's Day: Rome's Colosseum goes green as part of the Global Greening initiative for St. Patrick's Day.
Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Diego Sinova
National Sanctuary of Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue) in Lisbon, Portugal, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
7 World Trade Center at Ground Zero in New York joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Joe Woolhead
Nairobi – Ahmed the Elephant statue at the Nairobi National Museum joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening Initiative in 2016
EL ÁNGEL DE LA INDEPENDENCIA IN MEXICO JOINS TOURISM IRELANDS GLOBAL GREENING
Marbella, Spain – The Marbella arches in Spain join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Some Sevit (floating islands) in the Han River, in Seoul, South Korea, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Jay Sung/Embassy of Ireland
The Prince’s Palace in Monaco joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Frederic Nebinger
Irish hurlers in Tampere, Finland, join Tourism Ireland's Global Greening for 2016
Birmingham – Selfridges in Birmingham joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Adam Fradgley/Exposure
The Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The light rail system in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick
Windmill in Weert, the Netherlands, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Sjoerd van Hoof
The Yas Viceroy hotel on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Tower of Hércules, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Galicia (Spain), illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Burg (town hall) in Bruges joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Geoffrey Fritsch
La Minerva monument in Guadalajara, Mexico, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Poseidon Statue in Gothenburg, Sweden, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Funkturm Berlin (radio tower) joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Stefan Wieland
Niagara Falls joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Jules Oille
The Prince’s Palace in Monaco joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Frederic Nebinger/Tourism Ireland.
Dallas – Reunion Tower in Dallas, Texas, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The ‘I Amsterdam’ sign at Schiphol Airport joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Nils van Houts
The Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Peter Cavanagh
The Crown Tribunal in Lublin, Poland, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Cathedral of Brasília (Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida), in Brazil, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Rayan Ribeiro
The Vasa Warship in Stockholm, Sweden, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The skiwelt in Söll (ski resort), in Austria, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Wales Millennium Centre: Going green for St. Patrick's Day 2015.
Le Suquet (old town) in Cannes joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Mount Ulriken TV Mast in Bergen, Norway, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Terje Bergesen
Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening. Photo: March 15, 2015
The Clyde Auditorium, affectionately known as the ‘Armadillo’, and the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2014.
The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Rhine Falls, in Neuhausen near Zurich – the largest waterfall in Europe – illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative.
The Cibeles Fountain and Palace in Madrid, the ‘spiritual home’ of Real Madrid where fans gather to celebrate their victories, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2014.
The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, lit up in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2014.
The Love Monument in St Julian’s, Malta, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Clodagh Farrugia
The World Trade Center 1 in Jakarta, Indonesia, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Ljubljana Castle in Slovenia, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening last year.
The Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2014.
Fort St. Angelo in Malta goes green for St. Patrick's Day
The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Photo: Sandy Young/PA Wire
The Olympic Tower in the Olympic Park, Munich, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening last year.
Rome's Colosseum goes green for St. Patrick's Day.
Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Photo: Jon Super/PA Wire
Rauhaniemi, Tampere, Finland. Photo: Jeff McCarthy

Tourism Ireland has announced its Global Greening line-up for St. Patrick's Day, and the emerald energy is spreading.

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Rome's Colosseum, Rio's Christ the Redeemer and Las Vegas's Welcome Sign are among dozens of global landmarks set to go green this March 17.

New participants this year are 7 World Trade Center in New York, the Big Wheel in Paris, the light rail system in Addis Ababa and City Hall in Tel Aviv.

The Boston Red Sox baseball team will also wear green on St Patrick’s Day.

The Global Greening campaign is part of Tourism Ireland's €21.5 million first-half promotional drive to grow overseas tourism in 2016.

Ireland saw a record 8.6 million visitors last year, with the government aiming to grow that figure to 10 million annual visitors by 2025. 

Selfies for St. Patrick's Day: Rome's Colosseum goes green as part of the Global Greening initiative for St. Patrick's Day.
Selfies for St. Patrick's Day: Rome's Colosseum goes green as part of the Global Greening initiative for St. Patrick's Day.

"St Patrick's Day presents a unique and wonderful opportunity to promote Ireland worldwide," said Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe.

Tourism Ireland estimates its St Patrick’s Day promotional programmes generate positive publicity worth over €10 million each March.

"The eagerness of cities and countries to take part underlines the strength of the deep connection that people all over the world feel to Ireland," added Niall Gibbons, CEO of the all-island marketing organisation.

"There will be saturation coverage of the island across the airwaves, in newspapers and digital media – and that’s an invaluable boost.”

Other new sites set to go green in 2016 include Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Mount Ulriken TV mast in Bergen and the Hofbräuhaus in Munich.

The new sites will join ‘old favourites’ including the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, the Allianz Arena in Munich and the Empire State Building in New York. 

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