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20 Feb 2020

Tourism Ireland announces Global Greening line-up for St Patrick’s Day 2020

~ Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening sees exciting new additions for 2020 like Madison Square Garden ~

Madison Square Garden in New York, the world’s largest beaver statue in Beaverlodge in Canada, a giant statue of a kissing couple in Amsterdam, the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, Caerphilly Castle in South Wales and even the Smurf Statue in Brussels will join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative for the first time in 2020.

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 grow overseas tourism to the island of Ireland in 2020.

Other new sites and buildings taking part in Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2020 include: the National Museum of Qatar, City Hall in Bangkok, the World’s largest Hockey Stick and Puck on Vancouver Island and the National Theatre in London.

These new sites will join some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years – including Niagara Falls, Burj al Arab, the Chain Bridge in Budapest, the London Eye and many others.

Speaking at the launch, Minister for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, said: “I am delighted to be here today with Tourism Ireland, as they launch their 2020 Global Greening initiative, which has become so successful in helping to keep Ireland in the spotlight overseas during the St Patrick’s Day period. The tourism sector makes a huge contribution to the Irish economy and supports over 260,000 jobs throughout the country. Despite the challenges we faced in 2019, we are in a relatively strong position to grow this year. In Budget 2020, Minister Ross and I secured an allocation of almost €186 million for tourism, up 10% on the last year’s allocation. Over the St Patrick’s Day period, Ireland has a unique opportunity to renew the strong bonds with the international Irish community and our global partners. The Greening initiative complements the Global Ireland strategy, which aims to strengthen Ireland’s engagement with its diaspora and bring our rich culture and heritage to wider audiences. I would like to commend 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 around the world which will no doubt further enhance Ireland’s reputation as a visitor destination.”    

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “2020 marks the 10th anniversary 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 San Francisco and from Brussels to Buenos Aires. Our St Patrick’s programme will span Great Britain, Mainland Europe, North America, Australia, as well as emerging tourism markets such as Japan 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 2020.”

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.

New for St Patrick’s 2020 is Tourism Ireland’s ‘Green is the new black’ campaign. Modelled on the Black Friday premise, ‘Green is the new black’ will be a ‘big splash’, time-limited sales period – offering prospective visitors in all our main markets the opportunity to avail of significant and exclusive savings on fares to travel to the island of Ireland and on tourism products when they get here. Tourism Ireland’s aim is capitalise on the exposure for Ireland delivered by the Global Greening and to stimulate sales at a key booking period.

And, for the first time, eight universities and colleges in the United States and Canada – all with links to Maynooth University – have signed up to take part in Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2020.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, with Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin, at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative 2020.

Notes To Editors


Note: first time ‘greenings’ marked *

Great Britain

  • London Eye
  • National Theatre, London *
  • Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly *
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol *
  • Clifford’s Tower, York
  • Wollaton Hall, Nottingham *

North America
United States
  • Madison Square Garden, New York *
  • Empire State Building, New York
  • City University of New York *
  • Boston City Hall
  • Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, Boston
  • Chicago River
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati *
  • University of North Texas, Denton *
  • City Hall, Denver
  • Daniels & Fisher, Denver *
  • Georgian Court University, Lakewood *
  • Eiffel Tower replica, Las Vegas *
  • High Roller at The LINQ, Las Vegas
  • Keep Memory Alive Event Center (KMAEC), Las Vegas
  • The Venetian, Las Vegas
  • ‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas
  • City Hall, San Francisco
  • Saint Mary's College, South Bend *
  • University of Scranton *
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington *
  • Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge, Worcester
  • Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
  • Casa Loma, Toronto
  • Fort York, Toronto *
  • City Hall, Toronto
  • Toronto sign
  • The Distillery District (and The Heart sculpture), Toronto
  • The Cariboo Sentinel (newspaper) shop, Barkerville
  • Giant Beaver Sculpture, Beaverlodge *
  • Calgary Tower, Calgary
  • High Level Bridge, Edmonton *
  • The Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh (Fidheal Mhor A’ Ceilidh), Cape Breton Island
  • La Tour McGill (McGill College tower), Montreal
  • Olympic Stadium, Montreal
  • Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
  • University of New Brunswick *
  • Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • St John’s Convention Centre, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador *
  • Mac the Moose, Saskatchewan
  • The Big Nickel, Sudbury
  • Bloedel Conservatory, Vancouver
  • World’s Largest Hockey Stick and Puck, Cowichan Community Centre,
  • Vancouver Island *
  • Sails of Light at Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Starship Enterprise replica, Vulcan *
  • Welland Canal Bridge, Welland *
  • Winnipeg sign *

Mainland Europe
  • Clock Tower of Tirana
  • Bridges on the Danube Canal, Vienna
  • Burgtheater, Vienna
  • Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna
  • Bergiselschanze (ski jump), Innsbruck
  • City Tower, Judenburg
  • Museum Murtal, Judenburg *
  • Puch Museum, Judenburg *
  • Mirabell Palace, Salzburg
  • SkiWelt Söll
  • City Library, Sofia *
  • Irish Embassy, Sofia *
  • Ivan Vazov National Theatre, Sofia *
  • National Opera and Ballet of Bulgaria building, Sofia *
  • National Palace of Culture (NDK), Sofia
  • Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Sofia *
  • SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library, Sofia
  • St Cyril and St Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo *
  • City Hall, Brussels
  • BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels *
  • Manneken Pis statue, Brussels (“dressed” in Irish costume)
  • Smurf statue, Brussels *
  • The Hotel Brussels *
  • Burg, Bruges
  • Charles de Gaulle Bridge and saxophones, Dinant *
  • Celtic Cross, Fontenoy
  • Irish College, Leuven
  • Belfry, Mons
Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo *
  • Ostrožac Castle, Cazin *
  • Apeitio Gymnasium (school), Agrou *
Czech Republic
  • Petřín Lookout Tower, Prague
  • City Hall, Ostrava
  • Chapel of the Guardian Angel, Sušice *
  • GreenKayak clean-up, Copenhagen
  • Skywheel Of Tallinn, Tallinn *
  • Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn *
  • TV Tower, Tallinn
  • Vabaduse Väljak (Freedom Square), Tallinn
  • Kaarsild Bridge, Tartu *
  • Beaugrenelle (shopping centre), Paris
  • Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
  • Château de la Muette (headquarters of the OECD), Paris
  • Paris La Défense Arena
  • Le Carré d'Encre, Paris *
  • Musée de Montmartre, Paris *
  • The Dome of Galeries Lafayette, Paris
  • Hôtel de Ville, Amiens
  • Place de la Gare, Amiens
  • Summit of the Tour Perret, Amiens *
  • Arkéa Arena, Bordeaux
  • Porte de Bourgogne, Bordeaux
  • Le Comptoir Irlandais (shop), Brest
  • Centre d’art La Malmaison, Cannes
  • Chapelle de la Miséricorde de Cannes *
  • Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez
  • Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic, Cannes *
  • Hôtel de Ville, Cannes
  • InterContinental Carlton, Cannes *
  • La Croisette, Cannes
  • Le Grand Hôtel, Cannes
  • Le Suquet, Cannes
  • Musée de la Castre, Cannes
  • Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes
  • Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes *
  • Cité de la Mer, Cherbourg *
  • Gare Maritime, Cherbourg
  • Église Saint-Martin de Cinqueux, Cinqueux *
  • Mairie d'Essert *
  • Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, Guingamp
  • Château de Pierre II, Guingamp
  • Cinéma Les Korrigans, Guingamp *
  • Badhus Kaysersberg
  • Château de Kaysersberg
  • Église Sainte-Croix, Kaysersberg *
  • Mairie de Kaysersberg
  • Pont Fortifié, Kayserberg  
  • La Passerelle du Bassin du Commerce, Le Havre
  • Cours d'Estienne d'Orves, Marseille *
  • Opéra de Marseille
  • Aéroport Montpellier Méditerrannée
  • Château Mauvesin Barton, Moulis-en-Médoc *
  • Les Machines de l'île, Nantes *
  • Villa E-1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin *
  • Rampe des Grottes, Saint-Germain-en-Laye *
  • Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Mandé
  • Barrage Vauban, Strasbourg *
  • Château de Beaulieu, Saumur, Loire Valley
  • SkyWheel Helsinki *
  • Matti Nykäsen Mäki (ski jump), Jyväskylä *
  • Ylistö Bridge, Jyväskylä *
  • Church Stone Shelter in Kintulammi (nature reserve), Tampere *
  • Kirjastosilta Bridge, Turku *
  • Pfingsreiter Pfingsritt, Bad Kötzting *
  • Junker airplane in Bremen Airport, Bremen *
  • Reichsburg Cochem
  • Börse (Stock Exchange), Frankfurt *
  • McKiernan's Irish Café, Gescher
  • Rathaus, Gescher *
  • Hi-Sky, Munich *
  • Olympic Tower, Munich
  • Schneider Bräuhaus, Munich *
  • Heidecksburg Castle, Rudolstadt
  • Königsbau, Stuttgart
  • Maria-Ward-Schule, Würzburg
  • Matthias-Grünewald-Gymnasium, Würzburg
  • Neumünster church, Würzburg
  • Rathaus, Würzburg
  • Residence of the Ambassador of Ireland to Greece, Athens
  • Chain Bridge, Budapest
  • Citadella, Budapest *
  • Müpa Budapest
  • Jedlik Ányos Bridge, Györ
  • House of Science and Art, Kecskemét *  
  • Felszabadulási emlékmű (Liberty monument), Szombathely
  • Colonna Traiana, Rome *
  • Irish Embassy, Rome
  • Fontana dell'Acqua Paola, Rome *
  • Cascata Isola del Liri (waterfall), Isola del Liri
  • UniCredit Tower, Milan *
  • Il Pozzo di San Patrizio (St Patrick’s Well), Orvieto
  • Hôtel de Ville, Luxembourg city
  • Town Hall, Niederanven *
  • Porte des Bombes, Floriana
  • Prince’s Palace of Monaco
The Netherlands
  • Kissing Couple XXXL statue, Amsterdam *
  • De Gloriëtte, Meerssen *
  • SkyView Scheveningen Pier, The Hague
  • Windmill, Weert
  • Kosciuszki Street Bridge, Gdańsk
  • Uczniowska Street Bridge, Gdańsk
  • Centre of Culture and Art, Kalisz
  • City Hall, Kalisz
  • Galeria Echo (shopping centre), Kielce
  • Manufaktura, Łódź
  • OFF Piotrkowska (shopping mall), Łódź
  • TME Office Centre, Łódź
  • Centre for the Meeting of Cultures, Lublin
  • National Centre of Polish Song, Opole
  • Adam Mickiewicz University (main auditorium), Poznań
  • Honorary Consulate of Ireland building, Poznań
  • Poznań Główny (railway station)/AVENIDA, Poznań
  • Brama Przemyska Bridge, Przemyśl
  • City Hall, Przemyśl
  • City Hall, Rzeszów
  • Stadion Wrocław
  • Arco da Rua Augusta, Lisbon *
  • Cristo Rei statue, Lisbon
  • Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Cascais
  • Faro Airport *
  • Castelo de Torres Vedras
Slovak Republic
  • New building of the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava
  • Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava
  • City Hall, Trnava
  • Trnava University (education faculty), Trnava *
  • Bank of Žilina (historical building), Žilina
  • Triple Bridge, Ljubljana
  • Square below Škofja Loka Castle, Škofja Loka *
  • Cibeles Fountain, Madrid
  • Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid
  • Plaza de España, Adeje, Tenerife
  • Town Hall, Altea *
  • Tower of Hércules, A Coruña, Galicia
  • St Patrick’s Chapel, Llanes
  • Ayuntamiento, Santander
  • Calle Tetuán, Santander
  • Ayuntamiento, Tortosa
  • Mercado Municipal, Tortosa
  • Puente del Tortosa, Tortosa
  • Vasa warship, Stockholm
  • Ståltheten Oxelösund *

Australia and New Zealand
  • State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Town Hall, Sydney
  • Adelaide Irish Club *
  • Adelaide Oval *
  • City Hall, Brisbane *
  • King George Square, Brisbane *
  • Reddacliff Place sculptures, Brisbane *
  • Sandgate Town Hall, Brisbane *
  • Story Bridge, Brisbane *
  • Tropical Display Dome, Brisbane *
  • Victoria Bridge, Brisbane *
  • The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour
  • Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne *
  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
  • Bell Tower, Perth
  • Council House, Perth
  • Crown Perth
  • Elizabeth Quay, Perth
  • Matagarup Bridge, Perth
  • Mount Street Bridge, Perth *
  • Optus Stadium, Perth
  • Perth Airport
  • Trafalgar Bridge, Perth *
  • Yagan Square, Perth
  • City Hall clock tower, Newcastle *
New Zealand
  • Sky Tower, Auckland
  • Viaduct Harbour, Auckland *
  • 125 Queen Street, Auckland *
  • Carter Fountain, Wellington *
  • Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

Emerging Markets
  • Obelisk of Buenos Aires
  • Correo Central (historic post office building), Santiago
  • Museo Histórico Nacional, Santiago
  • Palacio Consistorial, Santiago
  • Statue of the Virgin Mary on Cerro San Cristóbal, Santiago
  • ESO's Paranal Observatory, Atacama Desert *
  • Edificio Tierra Firme, Bogotá *
  • Santuario de Monserrate, Bogotá
  • Puente del Bicentenario, Bucaramanga *
  • Cerro de las Tres Cruces, Cali
  • Cristo Rey statue, Cali
  • Fuente Ornamental Loma de la Cruz, Cali *
  • Monumento Aves del Río, Cali *
  • Virgen de Yanaconas, Cali *
  • Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena
  • Plaza Mayor Convention Centre, Medellín
  • Water Tower, Ramat Gan
  • Ise Ohtorii, Ise City  
  • Karakora Art Studio, Matsue
  • Cosmo Clock 21, Yokohama *
  • Yokohama Port Opening Hall, Yokohama *
  • Temple of Hercules, Amman
  • Barahat Msheireb, Doha *
  • National Museum of Qatar, Doha *
  • Central Telegraph building, Moscow
  • Izvestia Hall, Moscow
  • Krymsky Bridge, Moscow *
  • Rossiya Theatre, Moscow
  • Palace Bridge, St Petersburg *
  • All Seasons Place, Bangkok *
  • City Hall, Bangkok *
  • Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok *
United Arab Emirates
  • Abu Dhabi University *
  • Nation Towers, Abu Dhabi
  • Burj Al Arab, Dubai
  • Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai *