01 Apr 2010

Dublin’s National Concert Hall is turning blue today and tomorrow in honour of UN World Autism Awareness Day – as are other iconic buildings around the island of Ireland and across the globe.  Among the buildings to go ‘blue’ on the island of Ireland are City Hall in Dublin and the new look Ulster Museum in Belfast.

By ‘lighting up blue’ on the evening of April 1 and April 2, as part of the third United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, organisers hope to shine a light on the growing prevalence of Autism across the world.  Notable landmarks which will go ‘blue’ include the New York Stock Exchange, Willis Tower in Chicago, CN Tower in Toronto, Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia and many others.

The movement is being championed globally by Bob Wright, former Chairman and CEO of US broadcasting and entertainment giant, NBC Universal.  Here in Ireland, Dubliner Niall Gibbons has taken up the baton.  Niall is the man behind Tourism Ireland’s recent successful ‘greening’ of iconic buildings across the world for St Patrick’s Day.

“Following the success of Tourism Ireland’s ‘greening’ of buildings like the London Eye, the Sydney Opera House and others across the world for St Patrick’s Day, a colleague at the Worldwide Ireland Funds approached me on a personal basis to get behind this project.   I was very happy to do what I could to help.  We all need to be more mindful of Autism in our day-to-day lives and of the great work that organisations like Irish Autism Action do here,” said Gibbons.


Further information:
Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland t: 01 476 3493/ 087 685 9027


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