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16 Mar 2017

Green lights go global for St Patrick’s celebrations

Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening goes from strength to strength with 267 major landmarks and sites in 44 countries taking part this year

Some 267 iconic landmarks and sites in 44 countries around the world will be illuminated in green over the coming days – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2017 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 2017 include four of Australia’s famous ‘Big Things’ (The Big Banana, The Big Kangaroo, The Big Merino and The Big Tasmanian Devil), One World Trade Center (the main building of the re-built World Trade Center complex in New York and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere), the beautiful Petit Palais on the Champs-Élysées in Paris and the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc in Barcelona. 

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 267 sites taking part. 

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the eighth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and it’s bigger and better than ever this year, with some wonderful new additions like One World Trade Center in New York, A’DAM Toren in Amsterdam, the Petit Palais in Paris and the Chain Bridge in Budapest.

“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, Brazil and the Middle East. 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 2017 tourism promotional drive.”

The Big Kangaroo in Border Village, South Australia, one of Australia’s famous ‘Big Things’, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative 2017.

Notes To Editors


Note: first time ‘greenings’ marked *

Great Britain

  • London Eye
  • London Underground (tube stunt with ‘greened’ St Patrick’s Day dancers)
  • Nelson’s Column, London
  • Heron Tower, London *
  • City Hall, London *
  • Selfridges, London
  • Selfridges, Birmingham
  • Bicester Village (shopping outlet), Bicester *
  • Trafford Centre, Manchester
  • Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne 
  • The Kelpies (horse head sculptures), The Helix, Scotland *

North America
United States
  • One World Trade Center (formerly Freedom Tower), New York *
  • One Bryant Park, New York *
  • 4 Times Square, New York *
  • Empire State Building, New York
  • Aisling Irish Community Center, New York 
  • Wells Fargo building, Albuquerque 
  • Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin *
  • 360 Residential Condominiums skyscraper, Austin 
  • City Hall, Boston *
  • City Hall, Cedar Park *
  • Board of Trade, Chicago
  • Civic Opera House, Chicago 
  • Chicago Gaelic Park 
  • Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago *
  • John Hancock Center, Chicago
  • Navy Pier, Chicago 
  • Novak Construction, Chicago
  • Old St Patrick’s Church, Chicago
  • One Prudential Plaza, Chicago
  • Sheraton Grand Chicago 
  • Soldier Field, Chicago
  • State Street, Chicago
  • Wrigley Building, Chicago
  • Omni Dallas Hotel *
  • Reunion Tower, Dallas
  • City Hall, Denver
  • City Hall, Houston
  • Kansas City Power and Light Building, Kansas City 
  • Tower Park, Kansas City 
  • ‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas
  • Keep Memory Alive Event Center (KMAEC), Las Vegas *
  • La Concha Visitors Centre at the Neon Museum, Las Vegas *
  • High Roller at The LINQ, Las Vegas
  • Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas (fireworks show in green) *
  • Junction Bridge pedestrian walkway and Main Street bridge, Little Rock
  • Cira Center, Philadelphia
  • City Hall, Philadelphia *
  • One and Two Liberty Place and BNY Mellon Center, Philadelphia
  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia 
  • Strawberry Mansion Bridge, Philadelphia 
  • San Antonio River *
  • Alamo Quarry Market, San Antonio *
  • Bank of America, San Antonio *
  • Tower of the Americas, San Antonio *
  • City Hall, San Francisco
  • Pacific Science Center, Seattle
  • Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
  • Calgary Tower, Calgary
  • Fidheal Mhor A’ Ceilidh (The Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh), Cape Breton Island *
  • Complexe Desjardins, Montreal 
  • Hôtel de Ville, Montreal
  • La Tour McGill (McGill College tower), Montreal 
  • Place Ville Marie, Montreal 
  • Verdun Borough Hall, Montreal 
  • Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
  • Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador 
  • The Big Nickel, Sudbury *
  • Futalognkosaurus (dinosaur) in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto *
  • Toronto sign 
  • Casa Loma, Toronto 
  • The Distillery District, Toronto
  • Sail of Lights at Canada Place, Vancouver *
  • Whistler (ski resort)
Mainland Europe
  • Burgtheater, Vienna
  • Wiener Riesenrad (giant ferris wheel), Vienna
  • Ski slope, Söll
  • Bergisel Sprungschanze Stadion (ski jump), Innsbruck
  • Kaprun Castle, Zell-am-See region
  • Grand Place, Brussels  
  • Manneken Pis statue, Brussels (“dressed” in Irish costume)
  • City Hall, Antwerp *
  • City Hall, Bruges 
  • Collegiate Church of Notre Dame de Dinant *
  • Irish saxophone (on the Charles de Gaulle bridge), Dinant *
  • Celtic Cross, Fontenoy *
  • Cloth Hall, Ypres *
Bosnia and Herzgovina
  • History Museum of BiH, Sarajevo *
  • ‘Lighting Giants’, Pula 
  • Trsat Castle, Rijeka *
  • New fountains, Zagreb *
  • Municipal Town Hall, Nicosia 
  • Bryggebroen bridge, Copenhagen *
  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen *
  • Restaurant RantaCasino, Heinola 
  • Irish-Finnish Ice Fishing Championship, Tampere *
  • Näsinneula (observation tower), Tampere *
  • Petit Palais, Paris *
  • Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris 
  • Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
  • Château de la Muette (headquarters of the OECD), Paris 
  • Drugstore Publicis, Paris
  • Galeries Lafayette, Paris 
  • Irish Embassy, Paris
  • Roue de Paris, Tuileries Gardens, Paris
  • Oscar the Snail at La Vallée Village (shopping outlet), near Paris 
  • Tapis rouge lumineux (red carpet), Cannes *
  • Hôtel de Ville, Cannes 
  • La Croisette, Cannes 
  • Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes 
  • Tour de la Castre au Suquet, Cannes 
  • Hôtel de Ville, Athis Mons *
  • Hôtel de Ville, Bressuire *
  • Hôtel de Ville, Grandvilliers *
  • Basilica of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Luxeuil-les-Bains *
  • Manufacture des Tabacs, Lyon
  • Mairie de Villeurbanne, Lyon
  • Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Mandé 
  • Hôtel de Ville, Viarmes *
  • TV Tower, Tbilisi 
  • Funkturm Berlin (radio tower)
  • Reichsburg Cochem (Cochem Castle) *
  • Rheinturm (Rhine Tower), Düsseldorf *
  • ‘Lighthouse’ building, Düsseldorf
  • McKiernan's Irish Café, Gescher *
  • ‘Fridolin’ the carp statue, Höchstadt an der Aisch *
  • Rathaus (Town Hall), Limburg *
  • Allianz Arena, Munich
  • BMW Welt, Munich 
  • Hofbräuhaus, Munich 
  • Olympic Tower, Munich
  • Offene Kirche St. Klara, Nürnberg 
  • Heidecksburg Castle, Rudolstadt 
  • Neumünster church, Würzburg 
  • Rathaus (Town Hall), Würzburg
  • Chain Bridge, Budapest *
  • Tüskecsarnok (indoor arena), Budapest *
  • Colosseum, Rome
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa 
  • Il Palazzo del Podestà, Bologna *
  • Piazza Mercurio, Massa *
  • Il Pozzo di San Patrizio (St Patrick’s Well), Orvieto *
  • Teatro Alfonso Rendano (Rendano Theatre), Cosenza *
  • Castello Normanno-Svevo (Swabian Norman Castle), Cosenza *
  • Municipio (Town Hall), Cosenza *
  • Fontane Danzanti (Dancing Fountains), Cosenza *
  • Riga Town Hall
  • Mdina *
  • Prince’s Palace of Monaco
The Netherlands
  • A'DAM Toren, Amsterdam *
  • Splendor Amsterdam 
  • Grote Marktstraat, The Hague *
  • Ferris wheel on Scheveningen Pier, The Hague *
  • Windmill, Weert 
  • Inntel Hotel, Zaandam *
  • Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
  • Hotel President, Bielsko-Biala *
  • University Bridge, Bydgoszcz     
  • Katownia (Executioner’s House), Gdańsk 
  • Kosciuszki Street Bridge, Gdańsk
  • Uczniowska Street Bridge, Gdańsk
  • Spodek (arena), Katowice *
  • Galeria Echo (shopping centre), Kielce 
  • Father Bernatek (Kladka Bernatka) footbridge, Kraków
  • Lipska Street flyover, Kraków
  • Tauron Arena, Kraków 
  • Arena Lublin
  • John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (main building and church) *
  • Ratusz (Town Hall), Poznań 
  • Raczyński Library, Poznań *
  • Ratusz (Town Hall), Rzeszów
  • Browar Bojańczyków Cultural Centre, Wloclawek *
  • Marshal Edward Rydz-Śmigły bridge, Wloclawek *
  • Bank Zachodni WBK headquarters, Wroclaw *
  • Centennial Hall, Wroclaw *
  • Grunwaldzki Bridge, Wroclaw *
  • National Museum, Wroclaw *
  • Stadion Wroclaw 
  • University Bridge, Wroclaw *
  • Szyb Maciej, Zabrze *
  • National Sanctuary of Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue), Lisbon
  • Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Cascais
  • Sheraton Hotel, Bucharest 
  • Ada Bridge, Belgrade 
  • Palace Albanija, Belgrade 
  • Hotel Moskva, Belgrade
  • Canadian Embassy, Belgrade
  • Glavna Pošta (main post office), Belgrade *
  • Hotel Park, Belgrade *
  • Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava
  • Palacio de Comunicaciones de Cibeles, Madrid        
  • Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid 
  • Plaza de España, Adeje, Tenerife 
  • Tower of Hércules, A Coruña, Galicia 
  • Fonts Bessones, Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona
  • Font Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona
  • Font Mágica de Montjuïc, Barcelona * 
  • Palacio Consistorial, Cáceres *
  • Town Hall, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria *
  • Fuente de Santa Eulàlia, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat *
  • Casa Consistorial, Málaga *
  • Edificio Anexo al Ayuntamiento, Murcia *
  • Gran Casino, Santander *
  • St Patrick’s Chapel and medieval tower, Llanes 
  • Fuente de la glorieta Don Juan de Asturias, Seville *
  • Ayuntamiento de Tortosa *
  • Cúpula del Milenio, Valladolid *
  • Etopia Centre for Art and Technology, Zaragoza *
  • Vasa warship, Stockholm 
  • The Rhine Falls, near Zurich                     
Australia and New Zealand
  • The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour *
  • The Big Kangaroo, Border Village *
  • The Big Merino, Goulburn *
  • The Big Tasmanian Devil, Trowunna Wildlife Park, Tasmania *
  • Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney
  • Town Hall, Sydney 
  • State Library of New South Wales, Sydney 
  • Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane 
  • The National Carillon, Canberra *
  • Perth Airport (entrance and exit freeway) *
  • The Bell Tower, Perth
  • Council House, Perth 
  • Elizabeth Quay, Perth
  • State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
  • New Zealand
  • Sky Tower, Auckland
  • Eden Park (stadium), Auckland *
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Christchurch Airport *
  • Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington 

Emerging markets
  • Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro
  • Sede da FIESP (HQ of Federação das Indústrias do Estado de São Paulo), São Paulo *
  • Great Wall of China
  • Sichuan TV Tower, Chengdu 
  • Canton Tower, Guangzhou
  • Ruins of St Paul’s, Macau 
  • Disneyland castle, Shanghai *
  • Grand Kempinski Hotel, Shanghai *
  • Torre Colpatria (Colpatria Tower), Bogotá *
  • Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350, Addis Ababa *
  • City Hall, Tel Aviv
  • Water Tower, Ramat Gan (near Tel Aviv) *
  • Torii of the Ise Grand Shrine, Ise, Mie Prefecture 
  • Matsue Castle, Matsue *
  • Karakoro Art Studio, Matsue
  • Rhino statues, Nairobi National Park * 
  • Malaysia
  • Straits Quay lighthouse, Penang 
  • El Ángel de la Independencia, Mexico City
  • Monumento a la Revolución, Mexico City *
  • Monumento a Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City *
  • Palacio Municipal, Guadalajara
  • Los Arcos, Guadalajara 
  • Monumento a los Ninos Héroes, Guadalajara *
  • Paseo Chapultepec, Guadalajara *
  • Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres, Guadalajara 
  • Fortress of Maputo *
  • Tverskaya Street, Moscow
South Korea
  • Gwangandaegyo (Diamond Bridge), Busan * 
  • City Hall, Seoul * 
United Arab Emirates
  • Yas Viceroy hotel, Abu Dhabi 
  • Burj Al Arab hotel, Dubai
  • Cayan Tower, Dubai *
  • Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai *
  • InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai *
  • Equator Sign and Line 
  • Octagon House, Hanoi *
  • Meliá Hanoi hotel