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04 Feb 2019

Dublin sees red!

~ Buildings light up in red to celebrate Chinese New Year ~

For the fourth year in a row, some of Dublin’s best-known buildings are lighting up in red to mark the 2019 Chinese New Year and welcome the Year of the Pig, which officially begins tomorrow (Chinese New Year’s Day is Tuesday, 5 February). The illumination has been organised by the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in conjunction with Dublin City Council. 

Numerous civic buildings and other sites around Dublin will be illuminated in red, including: 
The Mansion House, Civic Offices in Wood Quay, The chq Building, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College Dublin, the Westin Hotel, Pearse Lyons Distillery and Smithfield Square.

Tourism Ireland in China will share images of the various sites illuminated in red via its social platforms – highlighting our rich heritage to potential Chinese visitors and as a symbol of friendship between Ireland and China.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted that Chinese New Year is being celebrated in Dublin once again this year, with many of our historic civic buildings lighting up in red. The illumination indicates a gesture of genuine friendship and a desire to further enhance the positive relations between China and Ireland. China is an important emerging travel market and one that Tourism Ireland is committed to growing over the coming years.”

Tourism Ireland has a strong network in China, with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu. The organisation’s activity in China involves establishing and building relationships with influential intermediaries, including the travel trade, airlines and media – highlighting our natural attractions, cities, castles and proximity to Britain. The Chinese version of Tourism Ireland’s international website is; and social media is also increasingly important in helping to raise awareness of Ireland in this mobile-dominant country.
  HE Eoin O’Leary, Ambassador of Ireland to the People’s Republic of China; HE Dr Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland; opera singer Neria Wang; Nial Ring, Lord Mayor of Dublin; and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, at the illumination of The Mansion House in red.

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 around 325,000 people across the island.
  • In 2018, we welcomed around 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland (+6% on 2017), delivering revenue of approximately €6.1 billion (+10%).
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted 20+ million visitors in 2018.