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

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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.

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)

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.

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 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 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 (file photo).

The Great Wall of China joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative once again this year (file photo).

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

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.

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)

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 will go green as part of the Global Greening initiative for St. Patrick's Day.

Selfies for St. Patrick's Day: Rome's Colosseum will go 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

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.

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

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

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

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 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

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 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 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 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 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

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

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.

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.

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 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 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

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.

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

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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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.

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.

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

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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Ashford Castle goes green for St Patrick's Day

The Global Greening has begun, with the first of an expected 150 landmarks lighting up for St. Patrick's Day.

Switches have flicked on Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue (pictured above), Nelson's Column in London and other iconic landmarks ahead of Ireland's national holiday.

We'll be adding to our gallery as the lights come on.

The Global Greening is a Tourism Ireland initiative that encourages iconic structures around the world to go green for March 17 - throwing a spotlight on the island of Ireland.

The initiative began in 2010 with just a single building - the Sydney Opera House.

This year, some 150 sites will follow suit, ranging from Rome's Colosseum to Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris, Niagara Falls in Canada, Dubai's Burj al Arab hotel, the Las Vegas 'Welcome' sign and the Great Wall of China.

New participants for 2015 include the Colosseum, the Sacré Cœur basilica in Paris, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry and Edinburgh Castle.

Iceland is joining the Global Greening for the first time, and even the Equator Sign and Line in Uganda is going green for 2015.

"Being able to put ourselves front and centre on the world stage in this way reaps unrivalled dividends in terms of publicity, promoting Ireland and getting the message  out about our recovery," said Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD.

"It is estimated that last year, the Government's St Patrick's Day efforts secured €5 million in new business," the Minister added.

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It hopes to improve on the figure this year.

In total, Tourism Ireland plans to spend €21.5 million promoting the island in the first half of 2015, with a #GoGreen4PatricksDay initiative aiming to create a clear link between St. Patrick's Day, Global Greening events and holidays in Ireland.

Last week, it launched a video narrated by Liam Neeson promising potential visitors that here in Ireland, "every day is bathed in green".

“We are using every opportunity to capitalise on Ireland’s heightened profile this week; the saturation coverage about Ireland across the global airwaves, in newspapers and digital media, is an invaluable boost for our overall tourism promotional drive,” said Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland CEO.

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