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16 Mar 2016

St Patrick’s celebrations get the green light around the world

Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening goes from strength to strength with 240 major landmarks and sites in 45 countries taking part this year

Some 240 iconic landmarks and sites in 45 countries around the world will be illuminated in green over the coming days – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

From Rome to Rio and from London to Las Vegas, a host of buildings and sites around the world are turning a shade of green to celebrate our national day. New sites taking part in 2016 include 7 World Trade Center at Ground Zero in New York, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Yas Viceroy hotel in Abu Dhabi and the Nelson Mandela statue in Johannesburg. 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.

Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative has gone from strength to strength – from its beginning in 2010, with just the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland going green, to this year, with 240 sites taking part.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the seventh year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and it’s bigger and better than ever this year, with some wonderful new additions like 7 World Trade Center in New York, the Boston Red Sox, the light rail system in Addis Abba and even an opera house in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

“St Patrick’s Day traditionally marks the real start of the tourism season for us; 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. Our St Patrick’s programme spans Great Britain, Mainland Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as emerging tourism markets like China, India, Brazil, the Middle East and South Africa. 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 2016 tourism promotional drive.”
Ahmed the Elephant statue at the Nairobi National Museum joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. The Derry~Londonderry~Doire Clipper Race yacht joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative in Qingdao, China, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick – ahead of its return home for the Foyle Maritime Festival.

Notes To Editors


Note: first time ‘greenings’ marked *

Great Britain

  • London Eye
  • Nelson’s Column, London
  • ExCel, London *    
  • Selfridges, London
  • Selfridges, Birmingham
  • Stoke Park Golf Club, Buckinghamshire *
  • Dawn Run and Arkle statues, Cheltenham Racecourse *
  • Trafford Centre, Manchester *
  • Town Hall clock, Manchester
  • Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne *            
  • ‘Armadillo’ (SECC), Glasgow                    
  • The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

North America

United States

  • 7 World Trade Center, Ground Zero, New York *
  • Aisling Irish Community Center, New York *
  • Boston Red Sox (baseball team) *
  • Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox), Boston *
  • Empire State Building, New York
  • Wells Fargo building, Albuquerque*
  • Civic plaza fountain, Albuquerque*
  • 360 Residential Condominiums skyscraper, Austin*
  • Reunion Tower, Dallas *
  • Chicago Board of Trade building
  • Chicago Gaelic Park*
  • John Hancock Center, Chicago
  • Navy Pier, Chicago
  • One Prudential Plaza, Chicago *
  • Sheraton Grand Chicago *
  • Soldier Field (home to the famous Chicago Bears team), Chicago
  • State Street, Chicago
  • United Center (home to the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls), Chicago
  • Wrigley Building, Chicago
  • City Hall, Denver
  • City Hall, Houston
  • Kansas City Power and Light Building, Kansas City*
  • Tower Park, Kansas City*
  • ‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas
  • High Roller, Las Vegas
  • Junction Bridge pedestrian walkway and Main Street bridge, Little Rock
  • Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia
  • Boathouse Row, Philadelphia
  • BNY Mellon Center, Philadelphia
  • Cira Center, Philadelphia
  • One Liberty Place and Two Liberty Place, Philadelphia
  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia
  • Centre Square, Philadelphia *
  • Strawberry Mansion Bridge, Philadelphia *
  • Bridgestone Arena, Nashville *
  • The Parthenon, Nashville    
  • AT&T Building (known as the ‘Batman Building’), Nashville
  • Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
  • Turbo the Goat, Toronto *
  • Casa Loma, Toronto *
  • Toronto sign*
  • The Distillery District, Toronto *
  • City Hall, Toronto
  • Calgary Tower *
  • Hôtel de Ville, Montreal
  • St Patrick’s Basilica, Montreal *
  • Courtyard by Marriott hotel, Montreal *
  • Olympic Stadium, Montreal
  • Complexe Desjardins, Montreal
  • La Tour McGill (McGill College tower), Montreal
  • McTavish Reservoir, Montreal
  • Verdun Borough Hall, Montreal
  • Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
  • Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Mainland Europe

  • Burgtheater, Vienna
  • Danube Canal Bridges, Vienna *
  • Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna
  • Bergisel Sprungschanze Stadion (ski jump), Innsbruck *
  • Skiwelt Söll
  • Löwensaal, Hohenems*
  • Kaprun Castle, Zell-am-See region
  • Grand Place, Brussels  
  • Manneken Pis statue, Brussels (“dressed” in Irish costume)
  • Burg, Bruges
  • Belfry, Mons
  • Maasmechelen Village (shopping outlet), Genk*
  • National Palace of Culture (NDK), Sofia *
  • ‘Lighting Giants’, Pula *
Czech Republic
  • Petřín Lookout Tower, Prague
  • Mahen Theatre, Brno *
  • City Hall, Ostrava
  • Municipality Building, Nicosia *
  • Den Blå Planet, Copenhagen *
  • Restaurant RantaCasino, Heinola *
  • Lahti Radio Towers *
  • Ice swimming lake and swimmers, Tampere *
  • Roue de Paris,Tuileries Gardens, Paris *
  • Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris
  • BHV Marais, Paris *
  • Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland® Paris        
  • Château de la Muette (headquarters of the OECD), Paris
  • Galeries Lafayette, Paris
  • Drugstore Publicis, Paris
  • Irish Embassy, Paris
  • La Vallée Village (shopping outlet), near Paris *
  • Place de la Gare, Amiens *
  • Porte de Bourgogne, Bordeaux
  • Porte Dijeaux, Bordeaux *
  • Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes
  • La Croisette, Cannes
  • La Mairie, Cannes
  • Tour de la Castre au Suquet, Cannes
  • La Manufacture des Tabacs, Lyon *
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon
  • Le Palais de Justice, Lyon
  • Le Musée des Confluences, Lyon
  • Mairie de Villeurbanne, Lyon
  • Astroballe (indoor sporting arena), Lyon
  • Opéra Comédie, Montpellier *
  • Aéroport Montpellier Méditerrannée *
  • Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Mandé *
  • TV Tower, Tbilisi *
  • Funkturm Berlin (radio tower)
  • Water fountain at Irish pub, Bornheim *
  • ‘Lighthouse’ building, Düsseldorf
  • Allianz Arena, Munich
  • Hofbräuhaus, Munich *
  • Olympic Tower, Munich
  • Odeonsplatz, Munich
  • Offene Kirche St. Klara, Nürnberg *
  • Heidecksburg Castle, Rudolstadt *
  • Hotel Bell Rock, Europa-Park, Rust *
  • Fernsehturm (TV tower), Stuttgart *
  • Barockkirche, Theilheim *
  • Neumünster church, Würzburg
  • Rathaus, Würzburg
  • Irish pubs network
  • Müpa Budapest *
  • Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík
  • Perlan, Reykjavík
  • Colosseum, Rome
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Villa Reale, Monza *
  • Mole Antonelliana, Turin *
  • Fidenza Village (shopping outlet), Fidenza *
  • Riga Town Hall *
  • Hôtel de Ville, Luxembourg city
  • Forti Sant’Anġlu, Birgu *
  • Love Monument, St Julian’s *
  • Prince’s Palace
The Netherlands
  • ‘I Amsterdam’ sign
  • Windmill, Weert *
  • Mount Ulriken TV mast, Bergen *
  • Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
  • University Bridge, Bydgoszcz *      
  • Golden Gate, Gdańsk *
  • Executioner’s House, Gdańsk *
  • Flyovers at Uczniowska Street, Kosciuszki Street and Jana z Kolna Street, Gdańsk *
  • Galeria Echo (shopping centre), Kielce *
  • Father Bernatka footbridge, Kraków *
  • Tauron Arena, Kraków *
  • Lipska Street flyover, Kraków *
  • Crown Tribunal, Lublin *
  • Arena Lublin*
  • Town Hall, Poznań *
  • Stadion Wroclaw*
  • Town Hall, Rzeszów
  • Dom José statue, Lisbon *
  • National Sanctuary of Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue), Lisbon
  • Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Caiscais
  • Ada Bridge, Belgrade
  • Palace Albanija, Belgrade *
  • Cupola of the House of the National Assembly of Serbia, Belgrade *
  • Hotel Moskva, Belgrade *
  • Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava
  • Ljubljana Castle
  • Palacio de Comunicaciones de Cibeles, Madrid        
  • Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid 
  • La Rozas Village (shopping outlet), near Madrid *
  • La Roca Village (shopping outlet), near Barcelona *       
  • Plaza España, Adeje, Tenerife
  • Tower of Hércules, A Coruña, Galicia
  • Marbella arches *
  • Marbella marina and lighthouse *
  • Town Hall, Marbella *
  • Vasa warship, Stockholm *
  • Poseidon statue, Gothenburg *   
  • Rhine Falls, near Zurich                     

Australia and New Zealand

  • Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney
  • Luna Park, Sydney *
  • State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
  • The Star Event Centre, Sydney *
  • Town Hall, Sydney
  • Brisbane sign*
  • Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane *
  • Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane
  • National Film & Sound Archive, Canberra *
  • The Bell Tower, Perth *
  • Subiaco fountain, Perth *
  • Council House, Perth
  • Elizabeth Quay, Perth *
  • State Library of Victoria, Melbourne *
New Zealand
  • Sky Tower, Auckland
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • New Brighton Pier, Christchurch *
  • Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington *

Emerging markets

  • Galileo Galilei Planetarium, Buenos Aires
  • Pirámide de Mayo, Buenos Aires *
  • The Spanish Monument, Buenos Aires
  • Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro
  • Arcos da Lapa, Rio de Janeiro *
  • 3 Olympic arenas, Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro *
  • Cathedral of Brasília, Brasília *
  • Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília *
  • Monumento às Bandeiras, São Paulo
  • Ponte das Bandeiras, São Paulo
  • Biblioteca Mário de Andrade, São Paulo
  • Viaduto do Chá, São Paulo
  • TV Towers on Avenida Paulista, São Paulo *
  • Teatro Amazonas, Manaus *
  • Elevador Lacerda, Salvador *
  • Great Wall of China
  • Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai
  • Sichuan TV Tower, Chengdu *
  • Canton Tower, Guangzhou
  • Derry~Londonderry~Doire Clipper Race yacht, Qingdao
  • Ruins of St Paul's, Macau*
  • Light rail system, Addis Ababa *
  • World Trade Center 1, Jakarta *
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jakarta*
  • City Hall, Tel Aviv *
  • Torii of the Ise Grand Shrine, Ise, Mie Prefecture
  • Karakoro Art Studio, Matsue
  • Ahmed the Elephant statue, Nairobi National Museum *
  • El Ángel de la Independencia, Mexico City
  • Monumento a la Patria, Mérida, Yucatán *
  • Los Arcos (arch), La Minerva monument and El Palacio Municipal, Guadalajara *
  • La Minerva monument, Guadalajara *
  • El Palacio Municipal, Guadalajara *
  • Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres, Guadalajara *
South Africa
  • Nelson Mandela statue, Johannesburg*
South Korea
  • Some Sevit, Seoul
United Arab Emirates
  • Burj Al Arab hotel, Dubai
  • Global Village, Dubai *
  • Yas Viceroy hotel, Abu Dhabi *