Wednesday 24 May 2017

Global Greening: Must-see snaps of the landmarks going green for St. Patrick's Day

190 shades of green

Ashford Castle goes green for St Patrick's Day
Ashford Castle goes green for St Patrick's Day
Disneyland castle in Shanghai (China) joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative.
The Equator Sign and Line in Uganda joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Will Boase (no repro fee)
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
The Canton Tower in Guangzhou (China) 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 initiative once again this year, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Kelpies (horse head sculptures) in Scotland join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Sandy Young
he Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales (Australia), one of Australia’s famous ‘Big Things’, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
A delegation led by Minister Jan O'Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills, at a previous greening of Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil. Photo: Twitter/Consulate General of Ireland in Sao Paolo (@IrlSaoPaolo)
Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand – which is synonymous with rugby and the All Blacks and is New Zealand’s largest and most iconic sports stadium – joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Frances Oliver
An Ethiopian Airlines Airbus in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
City Hall in San Francisco, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The National Carillon in Canberra (Australia) joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Scott Heppell/PA Wire
The Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris joins the Global Greening.
The Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
London – Selfridges in London joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic: Anthony Upton
City Hall in London joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Geoff Caddick
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
City hall in Seoul, South Korea, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Tom Coyner
The London Eye joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Gretel Ensignia/PA Wire
City Hall in Boston goes green
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.
EL ÁNGEL DE LA INDEPENDENCIA IN MEXICO JOINS TOURISM IRELANDS GLOBAL GREENING
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
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.
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 Trafford Centre in Manchester joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Jon Super
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 Town Hall in Sydney, Australia, 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 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.
The Trafford Centre in Manchester joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Anthony Devlin
Le Suquet (old town) in Cannes joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening. Photo: March 15, 2015
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 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 - it goes green again this year.
The Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2014.
The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne (Australia), joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Olympic Tower in the Olympic Park, Munich, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening last year.
The Piazza Mercurio in Massa (Italy), joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Matteo Dunchi
Reichsburg Cochem (Cochem Castle), in Germany, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Kevin Rühle
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane (Australia) joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Tourism Ireland
Reunion Tower in Dallas, Texas, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Photo: Reunion Tower Operations Company
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Tourism Ireland's Global Greening is up and running, and it's throwing a powerful spotlight on St. Patrick's Day.

The Empire State Building, Great Wall of China and Las Vegas's Welcome Sign are among some 190 global landmarks going green this year.

The Global Greening aims to throw a spotlight on Ireland as a holiday destination on a day when goodwill pours in all over the world. 

This is a time "when many people are planning their holidays, giving Ireland an unparalleled platform to encourage people to pay us a visit," said Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Tourism Ireland estimates that its St. Patrick's Day promotional activities generate international publicity worth around €10 million, with near saturation coverage across print, broadcast and social media.

As of March 17, it estimated the cost of the 2016 initiative at "just under €29,000".

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.

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

It's not just global landmarks, either. Locals in Rudolstadt, in the 'Green Heart' of Germany, have engaged a professional lighting company to turn Heidecksburg Castle green for the day - complete with drone flyovers.

The 2016 Global Greening switches on in a week when the CSO confirmed visits to Ireland increased by 20.4pc last year.

Ireland saw a record 8.6 million visitors in 2015, with the government aiming to grow that figure to 10 million annual visitors by 2025.

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