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14 Mar 2017

Tourism Ireland reveals the quirkiest ‘Greenings’ for St Patrick’s Day 2017

What do the Big Banana in Australia, an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft in Addis Ababa and two rhino statues in Nairobi have in common? They are just some of the more unusual participants in Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative for St Patrick’s Day 2017. 

Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative has gone from strength to strength – from its beginning back in 2010, when just the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland went green, to this year, which looks set to be the biggest Global Greening to date. More than 240 sites are already signed up to take part (and new sites are coming on board every day). From Rome to Rio and from London to Las Vegas, a host of buildings and sites around the world will be turning a shade of green over the coming days. 

This year’s ‘Greenings’ include some quirky places and things, including:
  • three of Australia’s famous ‘Big Things’ – The Big Banana, The Big Kangaroo and The Big Tasmanian Devil;
  • two rhino statues – called Kyela and Lankeu (mother and baby), in Nairobi National Park, Kenya;
  • the Big Nickel – a giant replica of the Canadian 5-cent coin from 1951, standing nine metres tall in the grounds of the Dynamic Earth science museum in Sudbury, Canada;
  • the Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh – the world’s largest fiddle, on Cape Breton Island in Canada;
  • Futalognkosaurus (dinosaur) – a lifesize cast skeleton of a dinosaur in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto;
  • an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; 
  • The Kelpies (horse head statues) in Scotland;
  • the Irish saxophone on the Charles de Gaulle bridge in Dinant, Belgium; 
  • a troupe of ‘greened’ Irish dancers on the London Underground; and
  • an Irish-Finnish ice fishing championship in Tampere, Finland.
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 (and unusual!) new additions like the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft in Addis Ababa, The Kelpies in Scotland and the rhino statues in Nairobi National Park. 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.”

2017 marks the eighth consecutive year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative. New buildings and sites taking part this year include One World Trade Center in New York (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. 
  Rhino statues Kyela and Lankeu (mother and baby), in Nairobi National Park in Kenya.

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
  • 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 *
  • 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
  • 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 *
  • 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
The Netherlands
  • A'DAM Toren, Amsterdam *
  • Splendor Amsterdam 
  • Grote Marktstraat, The Hague *
  • Wheel Scheveningen Pier, The Hague *
  • Windmill, Weert 
  • Inntel Hotel, Zaandam *
  • Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
  • University Bridge, Bydgoszcz     
  • Spodek (arena), Katowice *
  • Galeria Echo (shopping centre), Kielce 
  • Father Bernatek (Kladka Bernatka) footbridge, Kraków
  • Lipska Street flyover, Kraków
  • Tauron Arena, Kraków 
  • Arena Lublin
  • Ratusz (Town Hall), Poznań 
  • Stadion Wroclaw 
  • Ratusz (Town Hall), Rzeszów
  • National Sanctuary of Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue), Lisbon
  • Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Cascais
  • Ada Bridge, Belgrade 
  • Palace Albanija, Belgrade 
  • Hotel Moskva, Belgrade
  • Canadian Embassy, Belgrade
  • Glavna Pošta (main post office), Belgrade *
  • Hotel Park, Belgrade *
  • Sheraton Hotel, Bucharest *
  • 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 *
  • Cathedral, bridges and Parador, 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 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 (entrance), 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 * 
  • El Ángel de la Independencia, 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 * 
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 hotel, Dubai *
  • Equator Sign and Line 
  • Octagon House, Hanoi *
  • Meliá Hanoi hotel *