Sunday 24 September 2017

Fifty Shades of Green: Global landmarks sign up for largest ever St. Patrick's Day celebrations

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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
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Rome's Colosseum and the Sacré-Coeur in Paris are among the iconic landmarks signed up for Tourism Ireland 'Global Greening' on March 17th.

Details of this year's Greening, which will see landmarks ranging from Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris to Dubai's Burj al Arab bathed in green for St. Patrick's Day, were announced this morning.

As well as the Colosseum and Sacré-Cœur, new additions for 2015 include the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennesse and the famous Porte de Bourgogne in Bordeaux.

Over 60 landmarks have been signed up for 2015, but that could double by the time switches are flicked on March 17th, Tourism Ireland says.

Plans for the Global Greening were unveiled today by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.

2015 is the sixth year for its initiative, and the largest ever global St Patrick’s Day celebrations, they said.

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The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, lit up in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2014.

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Among the dozens of iconic landmarks and buildings going green this year are Rio's Christ the Redeemer Statue, the London Eye, Niagara Falls and Auckland's Sky Tower

Several Chicago landmarks will also go green, including the Wrigley Building and John Hancock Centre, with special greening ‘selfie stations’ set up around the city before the celebrations.

The Global Greening forms part of Tourism Ireland's promotional plans for 2015.

Last year, the 'greening' of over 12o landmarks cost Tourism Ireland an estimated €65,000, an investment which it says generated positive international media coverage for Ireland "worth at least €10 million."

Last year, overseas visitors to Ireland increased by almost 9pc, but the hope is to grow that again in 2015, attracting a record 7.74 million visitors.

The aim is to boost visitor numbers to an "incredible eight million' in 2015, Minister Donohoe said.

"The success of the Global Greening from a tourism perspective is in the volume of media coverage that is generated," he continued. "It serves to remind people worldwide of Ireland at a time when many are planning their overseas holidays."

Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland added:

"The eagerness to take part underlines the strength of the deep spiritual connection that people everywhere feel to Ireland. More than 70 million people around the world claim links to the island of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is a truly unique opportunity to reconnect them with their heritage."

The St. Patrick's Festival helped generate €280m of publicity last year, Tourism Ireland says.

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