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16 Mar 2018

Europe’s highest Irish dance! Troupe of Irish dancers performs at The View from The Shard, London’s tallest building

Great Britain glows green for St Patrick’s Day

Kicking off the St Patrick’s celebrations in London in style, Tourism Ireland arranged for a troupe of Irish dancers to ascend The Shard, to perform Europe’s highest Irish dance. A spectacle not to be missed, the dancers will return on St Patrick’s day itself, with performances throughout the afternoon. To honour our patron saint, anyone with the name Patrick, Patricia or Pádraig will gain free entry to The View from The Shard.


And, Tower 42, the third-tallest skyscraper in the City of London, is set to display the world’s largest digital green shamrock – which will be visible right across the capital throughout the Mayor’s three-day festival. 

Tourism Ireland’s 2018 Global Greening initiative is under way – and includes numerous locations across Great Britain lighting up green to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. A new ‘Greening’ for 2018 is ‘Hope’ – the Blue Whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling at the Natural History Museum. Discovered in Wexford in 1891, the 4.5-tonne mega skeleton now takes centre stage at the museum. Other iconic London landmarks taking part in Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening include the London Eye, Selfridges, the fountains in Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column – which are all set to go green to celebrate Ireland’s national day. 
  The world’s largest digital green shamrock is displayed on Tower 42 in London.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 281,000 people across the island.
  • In 2017, we welcomed approximately 10.65 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.78 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.3 million visitors in 2017.