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15 Mar 2019

Green lights go global for St Patrick’s celebrations!

~ Burj Khalifa – world’s tallest building – takes part in Global Greening for first time ~

Around 430 iconic landmarks and sites in 54 different countries around the world will be illuminated in green this weekend – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2019 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. The Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world and probably the most iconic building in Dubai's impressive skyline – is taking part for the first time in 2019. Other new sites include Victoria Falls, York’s medieval City Walls, Lord’s Cricket Pavilion in London, Nation Towers in Abu Dhabi, the Atakule Tower in Ankara and the Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA in Japan (where Ireland will play Japan in the Rugby World Cup in September).

They are joined by some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years – including the Sydney Opera House, the London Eye, the Colosseum, Burj al Arab, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland Paris, the Great Wall of China, Niagara Falls, the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas 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 going green, to this year, with around 430 sites taking part. 

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the tenth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and it’s bigger and better than ever – with new additions this year like the Burj Khalifa, Victoria Falls, York’s medieval City Walls, the Cotton Tree in Sierra Leone and Lord’s Cricket Pavilion. 

“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 Mainland Europe, North America, Great Britain, Australia and emerging tourism markets like China and the Middle East. We are using every opportunity to capitalise on Ireland’s heightened profile this weekend; the saturation coverage about the island of Ireland across the global airwaves, in newspapers and digital media, is an invaluable boost for our overall 2019 tourism promotional drive.”
  The Burj Khalifa in Dubai – the tallest building in the world – joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening for the first time in 2019.

Notes To Editors

TOURISM IRELAND’S GLOBAL GREENING INITIATIVE 2019
Note: first time ‘greenings’ marked *

Great Britain
•    Cutty Sark, London *
•    London Eye
•    Lord’s Pavilion, London *
•    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 *
•    Leeds Civic Hall *
•    Leeds Town Hall *
•    National Space Centre, Leicester *
•    George's Dock Building, Liverpool *
•    St Luke's 'Bombed Out' Church, Liverpool *
•    Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne
•    City Hall, Norwich *
•    Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth 
•    City Walls, York *
•    Riverside Museum, Glasgow *

North America
United States

•    Empire State Building, New York
•    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque *
•    Wells Fargo building, Albuquerque 
•    Atlanta City Hall *
•    Butterfly Bridge, Austin *
•    Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House, Baltimore *
•    Boston City Hall
•    Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, Boston *
•    TD Garden, Boston *
•    Ashley River Memorial Bridge, Charleston *
•    875 North Michigan Avenue (John Hancock Center), Chicago
•    Chicago Board of Trade building
•    Civic Opera House, Chicago 
•    Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago 
•    Novak Construction, Chicago
•    Odyssey Chicago River (cruise boat) *
•    One Prudential Plaza, Chicago
•    Soldier Field, Chicago
•    United Center, Chicago
•    Wrigley Building, Chicago
•    Harbor Bridge, Corpus Christi
•    Omni Dallas Hotel, Dallas
•    Reunion Tower, Dallas
•    City Hall, Denver
•    City Hall, Houston
•    Kansas City Power and Light Building
•    Tower Park, Kansas City
•    Union Station, Kansas City *
•    ‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas
•    High Roller at The LINQ, Las Vegas
•    La Concha Visitors Center, Las Vegas
•    Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas 
•    The Neon Museum, Las Vegas *
•    The Palazzo, Las Vegas 
•    The Venetian, Las Vegas
•    Junction Bridge pedestrian walkway, Little Rock
•    Main Street bridge, Little Rock
•    AT&T Building (known as the ‘Batman Building’), Nashville 
•    Bridgestone Arena, Nashville 
•    Grand Ole Opry, Nashville 
•    John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, Nashville
•    Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, Nashville *
•    Metro Historic Courthouse, Nashville *
•    Nissan Stadium, Nashville *
•    The Parthenon, Nashville     
•    Tennessee Supreme Court Building, Nashville 
•    San Francisco International Airport (international terminal) *
•    San Antonio River
•    Hillsborough River, Tampa *
•    Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge, Worcester *
Canada
•    Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
•    Casa Loma, Toronto
•    City Hall, Toronto
•    CN Tower, 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 
•    Mac the Moose, Saskatchewan *
•    The Wawa Goose 
•    Sails of Light at Canada Place, Vancouver

Mainland Europe
Albania

•    Clock Tower of Tirana *
Austria
•    Burgtheater, Vienna
•    Bridges on the Danube Canal, Vienna
•    Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna
•    Bergiselschanze (ski jump), Innsbruck
•    SkiWelt Söll
Bulgaria
•    National Palace of Culture (NDK), Sofia
•    St Cyril and St Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo *
Belgium
•    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 
Croatia
•    Sponza Palace, Dubrovnik *
•    Molo Longo, Rijeka *
•    Trsat Castle, Rijeka
•    Fountains in Republic Square, Split *
•    Church of St Donatus, Zadar *
•    Klovićevi Dvori Gallery, Zagreb *
•    Meštrović Pavilion, Zagreb *
•    Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
•    Zagreb fountains, Zagreb
Cyprus
•    Town Hall, Nicosia 
Czech Republic
•    Dancing House, Prague
•    City Hall, Ostrava
Denmark
•    Bryggebroen bridge, Copenhagen
•    GreenKayak clean-up, Copenhagen *
•    Industriens Hus (home of the Confederation of Danish Industry), Copenhagen *
•    Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
Estonia
•    Vabaduse Väljak (Freedom Square), Tallinn 
•    TV Tower, Tallinn *
Finland
•    Polar Bear Pitching, Oulu *
•    Näsinneula (observation tower), Tampere
•    Sauna Kuuma, Tampere *
France
•    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 
•    La Vallée Village, near Paris 
•    Hôtel de Ville, Athis Mons 
•    Mairie de Bayeux *
•    Arkéa Arena, Bordeaux
•    Château de la Ligne, Bordeaux *
•    Porte de Bourgogne, Bordeaux
•    Hôtel de Ville, Bressuire 
•    Centre d’art La Malmaison, Cannes
•    Hôtel de Ville, Cannes 
•    La Croisette, Cannes 
•    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 *
•    Château de Kaysersberg *
•    Mairie de Kaysersberg *
•    Pont Fortifié, Kayserberg *
•    Château de Beaulieu, Saumur, Loire Valley *
•    La Manufacture des Tabacs, Lyon
•    Opéra de Marseille *
•    École primaire publique Pierre Jakez Hélias, Mellac *
•    Église Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens, Mellac
•    Hôtel de Ville, Mellac
•    Aéroport Montpellier Méditerrannée 
•    Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub, Montpellier *
•    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 *
Georgia
•    TV Tower, Tbilisi
Germany
•    Funkturm Berlin
•    Reichsburg Cochem 
•    Excelsior Hotel Ernst, Cologne *
•    Lanxess Arena, Cologne *
•    Lighthouse, Düsseldorf
•    Kulturforum Logenhaus, Erlangen *
•    Altes Rathaus, Gescher
•    McKiernan's Irish Café, Gescher 
•    St Antonius Kapelle, Gescher *
•    Rathaus, Grafenwöhr *
•    Stadthalle, Grafing *
•    ‘Fridolin’ the carp statue, Höchstadt an der Aisch
•    Ingolstadt Village, Ingolstadt *
•    Irish pub, Limberg *
•    Alten Küsterhaus, Meerbusch-Büderich *
•    Hard Rock Cafe, Munich *
•    Olympic Tower, Munich
•    Offene Kirche St. Klara, Nürnberg 
•    Heidecksburg Castle, Rudolstadt 
•    Königsbau, Stuttgart 
•    Maria-Ward-Schule, Würzburg *
•    Matthias-Grünewald-Gymnasium, Würzburg *
•    Neumünster church, Würzburg 
•    Rathaus, Würzburg
•    Riemenschneider-Gymnasium, Würzburg *
•    Wertheim Village, near Würzburg *
Greece
•    Stathatos Mansion of the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens *
Hungary
•    Chain Bridge, Budapest 
•    Müpa Budapest
•    Jedlik Ányos Bridge, Györ *
•    Felszabadulási emlékmű (Liberty monument), Szombathely *
Iceland
•    Perlan, Reykjavík 
Italy
•    Colosseum, Rome
•    Irish Embassy (Villa Spada), Rome
•    Leaning Tower of Pisa
•    Cascata Isola del Liri *
•    Cisternino di città, Livorno *
•    Gazebo di Terrazza Mascagni, Livorno *
•    Piazza Mercurio, Massa
•    Il Palazzo ex Convento dell’Annunziata, Matera *
•    Fidenza Village, near Milan 
•    Castel dell'Ovo, Naples *
•    Castel Nuovo, Naples *
•    Fortezza Albornoz, Orvieto *
•    Il Pozzo di San Patrizio (St Patrick’s Well), Orvieto
•    Palazzo Municipale Orvieto *
•    Castello Aragonese, Reggio Calabria
•    Room of the Riace Bronzes in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Reggio Calabria *
Luxembourg
•    Hôtel de Ville, Luxembourg city
Malta
•    Porte des Bombes, Floriana
Monaco
•    Prince’s Palace of Monaco
The Netherlands
•    Splendor Amsterdam
•    St Patrick’s Bike Parade, Amsterdam *
•    Uilenburgersjoel, Amsterdam
•    De Grote Kerk (and Statue of Admiral Jacob van Wassenaer Obdam), The Hague *
•    SkyView Scheveningen Pier, The Hague
•    Windmill, Weert
Poland
•    Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
•    Hotel President, Bielsko-Biala 
•    University Bridge, Bydgoszcz
•    Kosciuszki Street Bridge, Gdańsk
•    Uczniowska Street Bridge, Gdańsk
•    Baszta Dorotka (Dorothy Tower), Kalisz *
•    Centre of Culture and Art, Kalisz *
•    City Hall, 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 *
•    Arena Lublin
•    Centre for the Meeting of Cultures, Lublin
•    Museum of Malbork
•    Amphitheatre, Olsztyn *
•    Astronomical Observatory Tower, Olsztyn *
•    City Hall Tower, Olsztyn *
•    National Centre of Polish Song, Opole *  
•    Adam Mickiewicz University (main auditorium), Poznań *
•    Archaeological Museum, Poznań
•    Bishop Jordan Bridge, Poznań
•    City Hall, Poznań
•    Grand Theatre, Poznań
•    Honorary Consulate of Ireland building, Poznań *
•    MTP Spire, Poznań 
•    Poznań Główny (railway station) *
•    Raczyński Library, Poznań
•    Brama Przemyska Bridge, Przemyśl 
•    City Hall, Rzeszów
•    City Hall, Toruń
•    Browar Bojańczyków Cultural Centre, Wloclawek
•    Marshal Edward Rydz-Śmigły bridge, Wloclawek
•    Centennial Hall, Wrocław
•    Contemporary Museum, Wrocław *
•    Grunwaldzki Bridge, Wrocław
•    Krzesło Kantora (chair sculpture), Wrocław *
•    Lower Silesian Governor's Office, Wrocław *
•    National Museum, Wrocław 
•    Opera House, Wrocław  
•    Stadion Wrocław  
•    Town Hall, Wrocław *
•    University Bridge, Wrocław  
•    University of Wrocław  
•    Wrocław Główny (railway station) *
•    Szyb Maciej, Zabrze
•    City Hall, Zamość 
Portugal
•    Cristo Rei statue, Lisbon
•    Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Cascais
•    Castelo de Torres Vedras *
Serbia
•    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 *
•    New building of the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava
•    Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava
•    Andrej Bagar Theatre, Nitra *
•    Chrenovský most (bridge), Nitra *
•    City Hall, Trnava *
•    Trnava University (pedagogy faculty), Trnava *
Slovenia
•    Ljubljana Castle, Ljubljana
Spain
•    Cibeles Fountain, Madrid 
•    Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid 
•    La Rozas Village, near Madrid 
•    La Roca Village, near Barcelona 
•    San Mamés stadium, Bilbao 
•    Tower of Hércules, A Coruña, Galicia 
•    Marbella arches
•    Fuente de los Tres Barcos (fountain of the three boats), Marbella *
•    Puente Santo Cristo del Amor (Bridge of Christ of Love), Marbella *
•    Town Hall, Marbella *
•    Capilla de San Patricio, Pancar
•    Ayuntamiento, Santander *
•    Ayuntamiento, Tortosa 
•    Puente del Tortosa, Tortosa 
Sweden
•    Absolut Home, Åhus *
•    Vasa warship, Stockholm 
Switzerland
•    The Rhine Falls, near Zurich                     
•    Smilestones (indoor miniature world at The Rhine Falls), near Zurich *

Australia and New Zealand
Australia

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

Emerging Markets
Argentina

•    Kirchner Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires *
•    Lavalle Street, Buenos Aires
•    Obelisk of Buenos Aires
Brazil
•    Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro
•    Cathedral of Brasília, Brasília
•    Teatro Amazonas, Manaus  
China
•    Great Wall of China
•    Canton Tower, Guangzhou
•    The Clock Tower, Hong Kong *
•    ‘Niki’ Cathay Pacific DC-3 airplane, Hong Kong *
•    Ruins of St Paul’s, Macau
•    218 Building, Qujing, Yunnan 
•    Grand Kempinski Hotel, Shanghai 
•    Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai *
•    Shanghai Village *
•    Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre *
•    Suzhou Village *
Colombia
•    Santuario de Monserrate, Bogotá *
•    Torre Colpatria, Bogotá 
•    Cerro de las Tres Cruces, Cali *
Ethiopia 
•    Bete Giyorgis (Church of Saint George), Lalibela *
Israel
•    Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa
•    Water Tower, Ramat Gan
•    City Hall, Tel Aviv
Japan
•    Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA, Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture *
•    Ise Ohtorii, Ise City  
•    Karakora Art Studio, Matsue
•    Yokohama Marine Tower, Naka Ward, Yokohama 
Kenya
•    Leopard statue called ‘Chui’ (made from re-cycled scrap metal), Nairobi * 
Malaysia
•    Straits Quay lighthouse, Penang
Paraguay
•    López Presidential Palace (Palacio de los López), Asunción 
•    Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Asunción
Russia
•    Central Telegraph building, Moscow
•    Izvestia Hall, Moscow
•    Rossiya Theatre, Moscow *
Sierra Leone
•    The Cotton Tree, Freetown *
Singapore
•    Chijmes, Singapore *
South Korea
•    Busan Cinema Center, Busan 
•    Busan Tower, Busan *
Turkey
•    Atakule Tower, Ankara *
Uganda
•    Source of the Nile Bridge, Jinja *
United Arab Emirates
•    InterContinental Abu Dhabi *
•    Nation Towers, Abu Dhabi *
•    Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi
•    Burj Al Arab, Dubai
•    Burj Khalifa, Dubai *
•    Cayan Tower, Dubai 
•    Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai 
•    Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai
•    Emirates Golf Club, Dubai 
Uruguay
•    Gate of the Citadel, Montevideo 
Vietnam 
•    Pen Monument, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi 
•    Meliá Hanoi hotel, Hanoi 
Zambia
•    Victoria Falls * 
 

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