The Global Greening line-up for St. Patrick’s Day this year will see over 300 stadiums, statues, museums and towers go green to celebrate the Irish holiday.
Among some of the world’s most famous attractions like the Colosseum, Niagara Falls and the castle at Disneyland Paris, a number of new buildings are joining the ranks.
New this year are the fountains in London’s Trafalgar Square and the iconic Space Needle in Seattle. The Sydney Opera House is also returning for the first time since 2014.
Speaking at the launch, Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin, commented: “I am delighted to launch Tourism Ireland’s 2018 Global Greening initiative which has now grown to become a significant worldwide reminder of both St Patrick’s Day itself and also of Ireland and its appeal as a visitor destination.”
He added: “The St Patrick’s Day period provides a unique opportunity to promote Ireland on the international stage and to renew the strong bonds between Ireland, the global Irish abroad and our partners around the world. The Government’s ‘Promote Ireland’ programme of international events over the St Patrick’s Day period will see the Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Ministers and the Chief Whip take part in programmes to promote Ireland and Irish interests in almost 40 countries across the globe.”
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the ninth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and each year I am delighted to see even more well-known attractions and landmark sites wishing to get involved and join our St Patrick’s celebrations. The success of our Global Greening initiative is due in no small part to the great work that has been carried out across the world by Irish people and the Diaspora.”
He added: “People across the world instantly identify St Patrick’s Day with the island of Ireland and that heightened profile allows us to put the Ireland holiday experience in the spotlight – from Sydney to Seattle and from Rome to Rio de Janeiro. Our St Patrick’s programme this year will span Great Britain, Mainland Europe, North America, Australia, as well as emerging tourism markets such as China and India.”
For more information, visit www.tourismireland.com. To get an idea of what some of the world’s most famous monuments will look like in our colours, check out the video from last year below: