Tuesday 12 December 2017

50 Shades of Green: See the landmarks going green for St Patrick's Day!

#GlobalGreening

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

The 2017 Global Greening is up and running, with some 278 landmarks set to go green for St Patrick's Day.

Tourism Ireland's extraordinarily successful marketing initiative, which is expected to reach 44 countries today, is now in its eighth year.

One World Trade Center in New York, City Hall in London and Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona are among the landmarks signing up to go green for the first time.

At 6pm EST today, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, will flip a switch in One World Observatory to light up several buildings throughout New York City.

From Rome to Rio and from London to Las Vegas, the greening is worth an estimated €10 million to the island of Ireland in publicity terms.

Thus far in 2017, it has cost just €24,000, according to Tourism Ireland.

The Global Greening began in 2010 with just two buildings - the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland. This year, it's 278... and counting.

In Ireland, Ashford Castle is just one of the iconic landmarks going green.

Other new sites taking part in 2017 include four of Australia’s famous ‘Big Things’ (The Big Banana, The Big Kangaroo, The Big Merino and The Big Tasmanian Devil), the Petit Palais on the Champs-Élysées in Paris and the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc in Barcelona.

They are joined by some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years – including the Colosseum in Rome, the Sacré Cœur basilica in Paris, the Great Wall of China, Niagara Falls and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

"We are using every opportunity to capitalise on Ireland’s heightened profile this week," says Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons.

"The saturation coverage across the global airwaves, in newspapers and digital media, is an invaluable boost for our overall 2017 tourism promotional drive.”

NB: This story is being updated to reflect developments.

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