Tuesday 17 July 2018

Green Lights: See the landmarks going green for St Patrick's Day!

290 landmarks turn the lights on

Adare Manor goes green for St Patrick's Day
Adare Manor goes green for St Patrick's Day
The Sydney Opera House (Australia) joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Fiora Sacco
A dancer from Sharon Lynn Academy of Irish Dance performs as local officials, business people, pipers, showgirls, and employees of Ri Ra Irish Pub pose in front of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign as The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) turns the sign green in partnership with Tourism Ireland's Global Greening Initiative in 2018. PHOTO: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau
The Zhongyuan Tower, Zhengzhou, Henan Province (China), joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – ZanYangXin
Áras an Uachtaráin illuminated green by the OPW as part of the "Greening the City" initiative for St. Patrick's Day.
The Keep Memory Alive Event Center (KMAEC) in Las Vegas joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Matthew Carbone
The 25.2 metre Blue Whale skeleton, called ‘Hope’, in the Natural History Museum, London, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – David Parry/PA Wire
The Diving Bell on Dublin's docks goes green for St Patrick's Day. Photo: Twitter.com/SamWhiplash
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios in Cholula, Mexico, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Tourism Ireland
The UN Headquarters in New York joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Kim Haughton
A previous 'greening' of Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil. The iconic statue will go green again this year. Photo: Twitter/Consulate General of Ireland in Sao Paolo (@IrlSaoPaolo)
17/03/2018: The Cathedral of Brasília joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Photo: Rayan Ribeiro (no repro fee)
The Chartres sign in the city of Chartres, France, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Tourism Ireland
The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Sandy Young/PA Wire (no repro fee)
Näsinneula (observation tower) in Tampere, Finland, join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Laura Vanzo
The Leaning Tower of Pisa joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Selfridges in London joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – David Parry/PA Wire
The Drugstore Publicis in Paris joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Nicolas Gouhier
De Mirandabad (swimming pool complex) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening. Pic – Nils van Houts
Selfies for St. Patrick's Day: Rome's Colosseum will go green as part of the Global Greening initiative for St. Patrick's Day.
Madrid, Spain – The Fuente de Cibeles or the Cibeles Fountain – where the fans of football club Real Madrid celebrate their triumphs in La Liga or the Champions League – joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – David Mudarra
The Statue of the Virgin Mary on Cerro San Cristóbal in Santiago (Chile) joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Jiangxin Islet, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province (China), joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Tourism Ireland
The High Roller at The LINQ Hotel in Las Vegas joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Mark Damon (no repro fee)
Nanjing CENBEST and Nanjing International Finance Center, Nanjing (China), join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – ZanYangXin
The Busan Cinema Center, official venue of the Busan International Film Festival (Asia’s largest film festival) in South Korea, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Nelson’s Column, London, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Tourism Ireland
DOT Groningen, a multifunctional meeting place in The Netherlands, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Peter van Zetten producties
17/03/2018:The Palestinian Museum in Ramallah, Palestine, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. The museum was designed by Dublin architects Heneghan Peng.
The Beaugrenelle shopping centre in Paris joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Nicolas Gouhier
The Lion of Judah monument in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – YONAS TADESSE
The Town Hall in Nicosia, Cyprus, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Tourism Ireland
El Monumento a Álvaro Obregón in Mexico City, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Carlos Adrin Angrigiani
Vabaduse Väljak (Freedom Square), Tallinn (Estonia), joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Tourism Ireland
The Great Wall of China joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative once again this year (file photo).
The London Eye joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – John Nguyen/PA Wire
The Auckland Harbour Bridge and the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Frances Oliver
Niagara Falls joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Jules Oille
The Radisson Collection Royal Hotel and Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen (Denmark) join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – KHAN TARIQ MIKKEL
The Pen Monument in Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi (Vietnam), joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Tourism Ireland
The Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittilä Finland joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Tuomas Kurtakko
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Some 300 global landmarks are going green this weekend in a burst of publicity worth an estimated €10 million to Irish tourism.

That's according to Tourism Ireland, whose annual 'Global Greening' initiative has grown year after year since its debut in 2010.

Back then, just the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland went green. This year, 290 sites in 50 countries are taking part.

New 'greenings' for 2018 include the $4 billion Mario M. Cuomo Bridge crossing the River Hudson in New York, Tower 42 in London, the Luxur Obélisque at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, and the San Mamés stadium in Bilbao.

They join old favourites like Rome's Colosseum, Canada's Niagara Falls and Chicago's Navy Pier, which have gone green in previous years.

Other, quirkier additions include a lion statue in Kenya made from re-cycled flip flops, a giant Blue Whale skeleton in London's Natural History Museum, and a Game of Thrones-themed ice hotel in Lapland.

The 25.2 metre Blue Whale skeleton, called ‘Hope’, in the Natural History Museum, London, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Pic – David Parry/PA Wire
The 25.2 metre Blue Whale skeleton, called ‘Hope’, in the Natural History Museum, London, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – David Parry/PA Wire

Here at home, Adare Manor has gone green, and the OPW is greening heritage sites and state buildings for the duration of the St Patrick's Festival (March 15-19), including the Rock of Cashel, Áras an Úactaráin (see gallery) and Quin Abbey in Co. Clare.

An #OPWGoesGreen competition is encouraging social media users to share snaps of the buildings, with 10 family Heritage Cards up for grabs.

Last year, the Global Greening generated international media coverage worth around €10 million, Tourism Ireland told Independent.ie Travel.

Thus far in 2018, the initiative has cost around €26,000, it says.

"St Patrick’s Day traditionally marks the real start of the tourism season for us," said Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland's CEO.

"Our aim is to bring a smile to the faces of people around the world and to convey the message that Ireland offers the warmest of welcomes and great fun, as well as wonderful scenery and heritage,” he added.

The marketing drive comes as CSO data reported a 3.5pc increase in overseas visitors last year (to almost 10 million), with revenue rising by 6.5pc to €6.5 million - as compared to just over €6 million the previous year.

NB: This gallery is being updated as photos arrive.

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