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21 Feb 2019

Tourism Ireland announces Global Greening line-up for St Patrick’s Day 2019

~ Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening sees exciting new additions for 2019 like Victoria Falls, The Eden Project in Cornwall, York’s medieval City Walls and The Cotton Tree in Sierra Leone ~

Victoria Falls, York’s medieval City Walls, the Eden Project in Cornwall, a leopard statue called ‘Chui’ in Nairobi, Nation Towers in Abu Dhabi, the Château de Beaulieu on the banks of the Loire, the Atakule Tower in Ankara and the Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA in Japan, where Ireland will play Japan in the Rugby World Cup in September, will join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative for the first time in 2019. 

Pari Roller – one of the world’s biggest rollerskating events, which takes place every Friday night in Paris – is also set to go green! Hundreds of rollerskaters gliding through the streets of the French capital will stop at the Palais de Chaillot, where they’ll carry bright green glow sticks to celebrate our national day. 

Tourism Ireland today announced details of some of the famous attractions and sites around the world which will go green to mark St Patrick’s Day this year, continuing the organisation’s first-half promotional drive to build on the success of 2018 and grow overseas tourism to the island of Ireland again in 2019. 

To mark the 10th year of Global Greening and to celebrate this unique global campaign, Tourism Ireland is launching a new book, called Ireland’s Greening of the World. It tells the story of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening since it began in 2010 and how it has since captured the imagination of people everywhere.

Other new sites and buildings taking part in Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2019 include: The Cotton Tree in Freetown, Sierra Leone – where freed slaves gathered on their return to Africa after the abolition of slavery; the historic Cutty Sark sailing ship in Greenwich; the Beatus Rhenanus bridge over the Rhine – a symbolic bridge between France and Germany which links the city of Strasbourg and the town of Kehl; and ‘Niki’, a Cathay Pacific DC-3 airplane on display in the Cathay Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong.

These new sites will join some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years – including the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls, the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas, Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland Paris, the Sydney Opera House, Burj al Arab, Christ the Redeemer statue, the London Eye and many others. 

Speaking at the launch, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, said: “Today, we launch Tourism Ireland’s 2019 Global Greening initiative which has now grown to become a significant worldwide reminder of both St Patrick’s Day itself and also of Ireland and its appeal as a visitor destination. Tourism is one of Ireland’s biggest and most important industries and now supports over 260,000 jobs across the country. The record growth in the number of tourists visiting Ireland in recent years bears testament to Tourism Ireland’s successful strategy of market diversification, implemented since 2014 and the Global Greening initiative is a very important element of this strategy. The St Patrick’s Day period provides a unique opportunity to promote Ireland on the international stage and to renew the strong bonds between Ireland, the global Irish abroad and our partners around the world. The Greening initiative also complements the Government’s Global Ireland strategy which sets out how we will take Ireland’s global engagement to the next level over the coming years. The Greening initiative promotes Irish culture more widely around the world and deepens links to Ireland’s diaspora. I commend all the staff in our Embassies and Missions overseas, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and in Tourism Ireland for the outstanding work they have done in organising this campaign across the globe which will no doubt further enhance Ireland’s profile abroad as a holiday destination of choice.” 

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the 10th year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and each year I am delighted to see even more well-known attractions and landmark sites wishing to get involved and join our St Patrick’s celebrations. The success of our Global Greening initiative is due in no small part to the great work that has been carried out across the world by Irish people and the Diaspora. I would particularly like to thank the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the great support we receive from the Irish embassy network. The eagerness of cities and countries everywhere to take part underlines the strength of the deep connection that people all over the world feel to Ireland. More than 70 million people around the world claim links to the island of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is a truly unique opportunity to reconnect them with their heritage.
“People across the world instantly identify St Patrick’s Day with the island of Ireland and that heightened profile allows us to put the Ireland holiday experience in the spotlight – from Sydney to Singapore and from Rome to Rio de Janeiro. Our St Patrick’s programme will span Great Britain, Mainland Europe, North America, Australia, as well as emerging tourism markets such as China and the UAE. There will be saturation coverage of the island of Ireland across the airwaves, in newspapers and digital media – and that’s an invaluable boost at this time of year for our overall tourism marketing drive for 2019.”

International journalists – representing top media outlets from around the globe – will visit Ireland, taking in the Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade during their time here. And Tourism Ireland will also exploit the profile of St Patrick’s Day with international media – sending images, video footage and news about Ireland to news desks around the world, as well as to its database of more than 20,000 influential travel and lifestyle media contacts. 
  Tourism Minister Shane Ross; Joan O’Shaughnessy, Chairman of Tourism Ireland; and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative 2019.

Notes To Editors


Note: first time ‘greenings’ marked *

Great Britain
•    Cutty Sark, London *
•    London Eye
•    Tower 42, London 
•    Nelson’s Column, London
•    Trafalgar Square fountains, London 
•    Selfridges, London
•    Selfridges, Birmingham
•    Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh *
•    Bournemouth Pier *
•    British Airways i360, Brighton *
•    Eden Project, Cornwall *
•    St Michael's Mount, Cornwall *
•    National Space Centre, Leicester *
•    Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne
•    City Hall, Norwich *
•    Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth 
•    City Walls, York *

North America
United States
•    Empire State Building, New York
•    Atlanta City Hall *
•    United Center, Chicago
•    ‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas
•    Metro Historic Courthouse, Nashville *
•    Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, Nashville *
•    Hillsborough River, Tampa 
•    Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
•    Casa Loma, Toronto
•    City Hall, Toronto
•    The Distillery District, Toronto
•    The Cariboo Sentinel (newspaper) shop, Barkerville *
•    Calgary Tower, Calgary
•    The Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh (Fidheal Mhor A’ Ceilidh), Cape Breton Island
•    Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat 
•    World's largest Muskoka chair, Gravenhurst *
•    Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
•    Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador 
•    The Wawa Goose 
•    Sail of Lights at Canada Place, Vancouver

Mainland Europe
•    Clock Tower of Tirana *
•    Burgtheater, Vienna
•    Bridges on the Danube Canal, Vienna
•    Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna
•    Bergiselschanze (ski jump), Innsbruck
•    SkiWelt Söll
•    National Palace of Culture (NDK), Sofia
•    St Cyril and St Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo *
•    Grand Place, Brussels
•    Anspach (shopping gallery), Brussels *
•    Royal Galleries of St Hubert, Brussels 
•    Manneken Pis statue, Brussels (“dressed” in Irish costume)
•    Burg, Bruges
•    Celtic Cross, Fontenoy 
•    Maasmechelen Village, Genk
•    Irish College, Leuven *
•    Belfry, Mons
•    Lille Gate, Ypres 
•    Town Hall, Nicosia 
•    Bryggebroen bridge, Copenhagen
•    Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
•    Vabaduse Väljak (Freedom Square), Tallinn 
•    TV Tower, Tallinn *
•    Polar Bear Pitching, Oulu *
•    Beaugrenelle (shopping centre), Paris
•    Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
•    Château de la Muette (headquarters of the OECD), Paris 
•    Drugstore Publicis, Paris
•    Galeries Lafayette, Paris 
•    Irish Embassy, Paris
•    Pari Roller (street skating event), Paris *
•    Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland Paris 
•    Hôtel de Ville, Athis Mons 
•    Mairie de Bayeux *
•    Arkéa Arena, Bordeaux
•    Porte de Bourgogne, Bordeaux
•    Hôtel de Ville, Bressuire 
•    Centre d’art La Malmaison, Cannes
•    Hôtel de Ville, Cannes 
•    La Croisette, Cannes 
•    Le Musée de la Castre, Cannes 
•    Le Suquet, Cannes
•    Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes 
•    Pont Guilvinec-Treffiagat *
•    Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, Guingamp *
•    Château de Pierre II, Guingamp *
•    Badhus Kaysersberg *
•    Église Sainte-Croix de Kaysersberg *
•    Mairie de Kaysersberg *
•    Pont Fortifié, Kayserberg *
•    Château de Beaulieu, Saumur, Loire Valley *
•    École primaire publique Pierre Jakez Hélias, Mellac *
•    Église Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens, Mellac
•    Hôtel de Ville, Mellac
•    Aéroport Montpellier Méditerrannée 
•    Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Mandé 
•    Beatus Rhenanus bridge, Strasbourg (and on the German side of the bridge, in Kehl) *
•    La Mairie, Villeurbanne
•    45 Le Comptoir Irlandais shops around France *
•    Funkturm Berlin
•    Reichsburg Cochem 
•    Excelsior Hotel Ernst, Cologne *
•    Lanxess Arena, Cologne *
•    Lighthouse, Düsseldorf
•    Altes Rathaus, Gescher
•    McKiernan's Irish Café, Gescher 
•    Stadthalle, Grafing *
•    ‘Fridolin’ the carp statue, Höchstadt an der Aisch
•    Offene Kirche St. Klara, Nürnberg 
•    Heidecksburg Castle, Rudolstadt 
•    Maria-Ward-Schule, Würzburg *
•    Matthias-Grünewald-Gymnasium, Würzburg *
•    Neumünster church, Würzburg 
•    Rathaus (Town Hall), Würzburg
•    Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens *
•    Chain Bridge, Budapest 
•    Jedlik Ányos Bridge, Győr *
•    Felszabadulási emlékmű (Liberty monument), Szombathely *
•    Colosseum, Rome
•    Irish Embassy, Rome
•    Leaning Tower of Pisa
•    Ex Convento Palazzo dell’Annunziata, Matera *
•    Castel dell'Ovo, Naples *
•    Castel Nuovo, Naples *
•    Fortezza Albornoz, Orvieto *
•    Il Pozzo di San Patrizio (St Patrick’s Well), Orvieto
•    Palazzo Municipale Orvieto *
•    Hôtel de Ville, Luxembourg city
•    Porte des Bombes, Floriana
•    Prince’s Palace of Monaco
The Netherlands
•    Splendor Amsterdam
•    Uilenburgersjoel, Amsterdam
•    SkyView Scheveningen Pier, The Hague
•    Windmill, Weert
•    Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
•    Hotel President, Bielsko-Biala 
•    Kosciuszki Street Bridge, Gdańsk
•    Uczniowska Street Bridge, Gdańsk
•    Centre of Culture and Art, Kalisz *
•    City Hall, Kalisz
•    Baszta Dorotka (Dorothy Tower), Kalisz *
•    Spodek (arena), Katowice
•    City Hall, Kielce *
•    Galeria Echo (shopping centre), Kielce 
•    Regional Cultural Centre, Kielce *
•    Father Bernatek (Kladka Bernatka) footbridge, Kraków
•    Lipska Street flyover, Kraków
•    Tauron Arena, Kraków 
•    Manufaktura, Łódź *
•    OFF Piotrkowska (shopping mall), Łódź
•    TME Office Centre, Łódź *
•    Centre for the Meetings of Cultures, Lublin
•    National Centre of Polish Song, Opole *  
•    Adam Mickiewicz University (main auditorium), Poznań *
•    Archaeological Museum, Poznań
•    Bishop Jordan Bridge, Poznań
•    City Hall, Poznań
•    MTP Spire, Poznań 
•    Poznań Główny (railway station), Poznań *
•    Raczyński Library, Poznań
•    Brama Przemyska Bridge, Przemyśl 
•    City Hall, Rzeszów
•    Centennial Hall, Wrocław
•    Grunwaldzki Bridge, Wrocław
•    Krzesło Kantora (chair sculpture), Wrocław *
•    Lower Silesian Governor's Office, Wrocław *
•    National Museum, Wrocław 
•    Opera House, Wrocław  
•    Stadion Wrocław  
•    University Bridge, Wrocław  
•    University of Wrocław  
•    Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Wrocław *
•    Wrocław Główny (railway station), Wrocław *
•    Szyb Maciej, Zabrze
•    City Hall, Zamość 
•    Cristo Rei statue, Lisbon
•    Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Cascais
•    Castelo de Torres Vedras, Torres Vedras *
•    Ada Bridge (Most na Adi), Belgrade 
•    Palace Albanija, Belgrade 
•    Hotel Moskva, Belgrade
•    Canadian Embassy, Belgrade
•    Glavna Pošta (main post office), Belgrade
•    House of the National Assembly of Serbia Narodna Skupstina, Belgrade 
•    Narodni Muzej (National Museum), Belgrade *
Slovak Republic
•    Divadlo Aréna, Bratislava *
•    Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava
•    Chrenovský most (bridge), Nitra *
•    Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana
•    San Mamés stadium, Bilbao 
•    Marbella arches
•    Ayuntamiento, Tortosa 
•    Puente del Tortosa, Tortosa 
•    Vasa warship, Stockholm 
•    The Rhine Falls, near Zurich                     
•    Smilestones (indoor miniature world at The Rhine Falls), near Zurich *

Australia and New Zealand
•    Sydney Opera House
•    Town Hall, Sydney
•    State Library of New South Wales, Sydney 
•    Irish Embassy, Canberra
•    The National Carillon, Canberra
•    The Big Kangaroo (‘Rooey II’), Border Village 
•    The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour
•    Perth Airport
•    The Bell Tower, Perth
•    Council House, Perth
•    Crown Perth *
•    Elizabeth Quay, Perth
•    Matagarup Bridge, Perth *
•    Optus Stadium, Perth
•    Yagan Square, Perth 
New Zealand
•    Sky Tower, Auckland
•    Auckland War Memorial Museum
•    Eden Park, Auckland 
•    Christchurch Airport

Emerging Markets
•    Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro
•    Teatro Amazonas, Manaus  
•    Canton Tower, Guangzhou
•    ‘Niki’ Cathay Pacific DC-3 airplane, Hong Kong *
•    Ruins of St Paul’s, Macau
•    Barranquilla Cathedral, Barranquilla *
•    Torre Colpatria, Bogotá 
•    Bete Giyorgis (Church of Saint George), Lalibela *
•    Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa
•    Water Tower, Ramat Gan
•    City Hall, Tel Aviv
•    Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA, Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture *
•    Ise Ohtorii, Ise City  
•    Karakora Art Studio, Matsue
•    Yokohama Marine Tower, Naka Ward, Yokohama 
•    Leopard statue called ‘Chui’ (made from re-cycled scrap metal), Nairobi * 
•    Central Telegraph Building, Moscow
•    Izvestia Hall, Moscow
•    Rossiya Theatre, Moscow *
Sierra Leone
•    The Cotton Tree, Freetown *
•    Chijmes, Singapore *
•    Atakule Tower, Ankara *
•    Source of the Nile Bridge, Jinja *
United Arab Emirates
•    Nation Towers, Abu Dhabi *
•    Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi
•    Burj Al Arab, Dubai
•    Cayan Tower, Dubai 
•    Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai
•    Emirates Golf Club, Dubai 
•    Pen Monument, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi 
•    Meliá Hanoi hotel, Hanoi 
•    Victoria Falls * 

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