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16 Mar 2020

Global Greening marks St Patrick’s Day

Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening helps to keep Ireland to the fore in difficult year for tourism

Ten years ago, Tourism Ireland approached the authorities in New South Wales, Australia, to ask if they’d consider lighting up the Sydney Opera House green on St Patrick’s Day. The occasion was the 200th anniversary of the first reception held for the Irish in Australia, by the then Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie. It was a significant gesture from Australia – which has since been extended by many countries around the globe, in honour of our patron saint.

Tourism Ireland contemplated whether or not to go ahead with its Global Greening project this year, given the extremely difficult circumstances faced by our industry. The feedback Tourism Ireland received from around the globe was that, despite the global challenges of COVID-19, supporters of Ireland are still pressing ahead with Global Greening – to mark St Patrick’s Day and to keep Ireland to the fore in a positive light. Hundreds of iconic landmarks and sites in over 50 countries are set to go green over the next couple of days, as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2020 Global Greening initiative. This is helping to bring some positivity and hope to the 70+ million people around the world who claim links to the island of Ireland, as well as those travel and tourism professionals overseas and at home who promote the island of Ireland as a holiday destination.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are deeply grateful to Ireland supporters across the world who, despite unprecedented challenges, are marking St Patrick’s Day and remembering Ireland in a very positive light. We hope our Global Greening will bring a little positivity and hope to people everywhere and remind them that, if we all do the right thing now by following advice of our medical experts, this crisis will pass. And, that is something we can all look forward to. We would like to extend our support and solidarity to everyone affected by Covid-19, especially workers in the hospitality sector.”

From Brussels to Buenos Aires and from Sydney to San Francisco, a host of buildings and sites around the world are turning a shade of green to mark our national day. Madison Square Garden in New York, 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.

Other sites and buildings taking part in Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2020 for the first time include: City Hall in Bangkok, Palais du Peuple in Djibouti City, the National Theatre in London and the Palace Bridge in St Petersburg.

They are joined by some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years – including the London Eye, Burj al Arab, Niagara Falls, the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas, the Chain Bridge in Budapest and many others.
  The Church Stone Shelter in the nature reserve of Kintulammi, Tampere (Finland), joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

Notes To Editors

TOURISM IRELAND’S GLOBAL GREENING INITIATIVE 2020
Note: first time ‘greenings’ marked *

Great Britain
•    London Eye
•    National Theatre, London *
•    Nelson’s Column, London
•    Old Royal Naval College, London *
•    Queen's House, London *
•    Selfridges, London
•    The Old Vic, London *
•    Bicester Village, Bicester
•    Library of Birmingham *
•    Selfridges, Birmingham
•    Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol *
•    Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly *
•    National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff *
•    Caird Hall, Dundee *
•    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow *
•    St Bede's College, Manchester *
•    Wollaton Hall, Nottingham *
•    City Walls, York
•    Clifford’s Tower, York

North America
United States

•    Madison Square Garden, New York *
•    Empire State Building, New York
•    City University of New York *
•    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
•    Butterfly Bridge, Austin
•    Boston City Hall
•    Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, Boston
•    Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois, Champaign *
•    State Farm Center at the University of Illinois, Champaign *
•    875 North Michigan Avenue (John Hancock Center), Chicago
•    Chicago Board of Trade building
•    Chicago Gaelic Park
•    Civic Opera House, Chicago
•    Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago
•    Novak Construction, Chicago
•    One Prudential Plaza, Chicago
•    Soldier Field, Chicago
•    State Street, Chicago
•    The Merchandise Mart, Chicago *
•    United Center, Chicago
•    Wrigley Building, Chicago
•    Xavier University, Cincinnati *
•    Harbor Bridge, Corpus Christi
•    Omni Dallas Hotel, Dallas
•    Reunion Tower, Dallas
•    University of North Texas, Denton *
•    City Hall, Denver
•    Daniels & Fisher, Denver * 
•    City Hall, Houston
•    Union Station, Kansas City
•    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
•    Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia
•    Boathouse Row, Philadelphia
•    Cira Centre, Philadelphia
•    FMC Tower, Philadelphia
•    Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia
•    Parkway Central Library, Philadelphia
•    PECO building, Philadelphia
•    Two Liberty Place, Philadelphia
•    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
•    City-County Building, Pittsburgh *
•    City Hall, San Francisco
•    San Antonio River
•    Saint Mary's College, South Bend *
•    ‘Word of Life’ mural at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend *
•    University of Scranton *
•    University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington *
•    Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge, Worcester
Canada
•    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
•    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
Albania

•    Clock Tower of Tirana 
Austria
•    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
Bulgaria
•    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 *
Belgium
•    Anspach (shopping gallery), Brussels
•    City Hall, Brussels
•    Royal Galleries of St Hubert, Brussels
•    Smurf statue, Brussels *
•    Provinciehuis, Antwerp *
•    Burg, Bruges
•    Town Hall, Dinant
•    Celtic Cross, Fontenoy 
•    Maasmechelen Village, Genk
•    Irish College, Leuven
•    Belfry, Mons
•    Lille Gate, Ypres
Bosnia and Herzegovina
•    National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo *
•    Ostrožac Castle, Cazin *
Croatia
•    Klovićevi Dvori Gallery, Zagreb
•    Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
•    New fountains, Zagreb
•    ‘Lighting Giants’, Pula
•    Fountains in Republic Square, Split
•    Stari Grad (Old Town), Varaždin *
•    Church of St Donatus, Zadar
Cyprus
•    Town Hall, Nicosia 
•    White Walls (Tower 25), Nicosia *  
•    Apeitio High School, Agros *
•    Paphos Castle, Paphos *
Czech Republic
•    Petřín Lookout Tower, Prague
•    City Hall, Ostrava
•    Chapel of the Guardian Angel, Sušice *
Denmark
•    Bryggebroen Bridge, Copenhagen
Estonia
•    Skywheel of Tallinn, Tallinn *
•    Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn *
•    TV Tower, Tallinn
•    Vabaduse Väljak (Freedom Square), Tallinn
•    Kaarsild Bridge, Tartu * 
•    Vabaduse Bridge, Tartu *
France
•    Beaugrenelle (shopping centre), Paris
•    Château de la Muette (headquarters of the OECD), Paris 
•    Colonne de Juillet, Paris *
•    Paris La Défense Arena
•    La Vallée Village, near Paris
•    Le Carré d'Encre, Paris *
•    Musée de Montmartre, 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
•    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 
•    Mairie de Kaysersberg
•    Pont Fortifié, Kayserberg  
•    La Passerelle du Bassin du Commerce, Le Havre
•    La Manufacture des Tabacs, Lyon
•    Cours d'Estienne d'Orves, Marseille *
•    Opéra de Marseille 
•    Aéroport Montpellier Méditerrannée
•    Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub, Montpellier
•    Château Mauvesin Barton, Moulis-en-Médoc * 
•    Les Machines de l'île, Nantes *
•    Port de Commerce de Roscoff *
•    Rampe des Grottes, Saint-Germain-en-Laye *
•    Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Mandé
•    Barrage Vauban, Strasbourg *
•    Château de Beaulieu, Saumur, Loire Valley 
Finland
•    SkyWheel Helsinki *
•    Ilosaari (“Joy Island"), Joensuu *
•    Rower's Bridge, Joensuu *
•    The City Market Place, Joensuu *
•    The Lighthouse, Joensuu *
•    Matti Nykäsen Mäki (ski jump), Jyväskylä *
•    Ylistö Bridge, Jyväskylä *
•    Nallikari Snow Fest, Oulu *
•    Arktikum, Rovaniemi *
•    Church Stone Shelter in Kintulammi (nature reserve), Tampere *
•    Kirjastosilta Bridge, Turku *
Georgia
•    Metekhi Cliff, Tbilisi *
•    TV Tower, Tbilisi
Germany
•    Pfingstreiter, Bad Kötzting *
•    Junker airplane in Bremen Airport, Bremen *
•    Reichsburg Cochem
•    Lighthouse, Düsseldorf
•    McKiernan's Irish Café, Gescher
•    Rathaus, Gescher *
•    Castle Höchst, Höchst *
•    Ingolstadt Village, Ingolstadt
•    The Celtic Corner Irish pub, Langenfeld *
•    Alten Küsterhaus, Meerbusch-Büderich
•    Hard Rock Cafe, Munich
•    Hi-Sky, Munich *
•    Olympic Tower, Munich
•    Schneider Bräuhaus, Munich *
•    Offene Kirche St. Klara, Nürnberg
•    Heidecksburg Castle, Rudolstadt
•    Königsbau, Stuttgart
•    Maria-Ward-Schule, Würzburg
•    Matthias-Grünewald-Gymnasium, Würzburg
•    Neumünster church, Würzburg
•    Rathaus, Würzburg
•    Wertheim Village, near Würzburg
Greece
•    Arch of Hadrian, Athens *
•    Residence of the Ambassador of Ireland to Greece, Athens 
Hungary
•    Chain Bridge, Budapest
•    Citadella, Budapest *
•    Liberty Statue, Budapest *
•    Müpa Budapest
•    Jedlik Ányos Bridge, Győr
•    House of Science and Art, Kecskemét *  
•    Felszabadulási emlékmű (Liberty monument), Szombathely
Iceland
•    Perlan, Reykjavík
Lithuania
•    Paupio Bridge, Vilnius *
•    Žaliasis Bridge, Vilnius *
•    Žvėryno Bridge, Vilnius *
Luxembourg
•    Hôtel de Ville, Luxembourg city
•    Town Hall, Niederanven *
Malta
•    Porte des Bombes, Floriana
Monaco
•    Prince’s Palace of Monaco
The Netherlands
•    Kissing Couple XXXL statue, Amsterdam *
•    De Gloriëtte, Meerssen * 
•    SkyView Scheveningen Pier, The Hague
•    Paterskerk, Weert *
•    Windmill, Weert
Norway
•    ‘Oslo Treet’ (Oslo Tree), Oslo *
Poland
•    Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
•    University Bridge, Bydgoszcz
•    Kosciuszki Street Bridge, Gdańsk
•    Uczniowska Street Bridge, Gdańsk
•    Centre of Culture and Art, Kalisz
•    City Hall, Kalisz
•    Komoda Club Residence, Kalisz *
•    Spodek (arena), Katowice
•    City Hall, Kielce
•    Galeria Echo (shopping centre), Kielce
•    Regional Cultural Centre, Kielce
•    Cardinal Macharski Bridge, Kraków *
•    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 Meeting of Cultures, Lublin
•    City Hall, Nowy Sącz *
•    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
•    Honorary Consulate of Ireland building, Poznań
•    Raczyński Library, Poznań
•    MTP Spire, Poznań
•    Poznań Główny (railway station)/AVENIDA, Poznań
•    Poznań-Ławica Airport, Poznań *
•    Brama Przemyska Bridge, Przemyśl
•    City Hall, Przemyśl
•    City Hall, Rzeszów
•    City Hall, Sandomierz *
•    Museum of Polish Big Beat in Willa Sorrento, Szczecin *
•    Browar Bojańczyków Cultural Centre, Wloclawek
•    Marshal Edward Rydz-Śmigły Bridge, Wloclawek
•    Stadion Wrocław
•    Szyb Maciej, Zabrze
•    City Hall, Zamość
Portugal
•    Cristo Rei statue, Lisbon
•    Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Cascais
•    Castelo de Torres Vedras
Romania
•    SkyTower, Bucharest
Serbia
•    Brankov Most (bridge), Belgrade *
•    Cupola of the House of the National Assembly of Serbia (Narodna Skupština Republike), Belgrade
•    Glavna Pošta (main post office), Belgrade
•    Hotel Moskva, Belgrade
•    Palace Albanija, Belgrade 
•    Slavija Fontana (fountain), Belgrade *
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 *
Slovenia
•    Triple Bridge, Ljubljana
•    Square below Škofja Loka Castle, Škofja Loka * 
Spain
•    La Roca Village, near Barcelona
•    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
Sweden
•    Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
•    Vasa warship, Stockholm
•    Ståltheten Oxelösund *
Switzerland
•    St Gallen Cathedral, St Gallen *
Turkey
•    Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, Istanbul *

Australia and New Zealand
Australia

•    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 *
•    Royal Australian Mint, Canberra *
•    Telstra Tower, Canberra 
•    The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour
•    Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne *
•    Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
•    Bell Tower, Perth
•    Council House, Perth
•    Elizabeth Quay, Perth
•    Matagarup Bridge, Perth 
•    Mount Street Bridge, Perth *
•    Optus Stadium, Perth
•    Perth Airport (Sky Ribbon)
•    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
Argentina
•    Basilica of Our Lady of Luján, Buenos Aires
•    Obelisk of Buenos Aires
Brazil
•    Arcos da Lapa, Rio de Janeiro
•    Estácio de Sá, Rio de Janeiro *
•    Obelisk of Rio de Janeiro
•    Teatro Amazonas, Manaus
•    Torre da Globo, Recife
•    Torre da Globo, São Paulo
Chile
•    Correo Central (historic post office building), Santiago 
•    Museo Histórico Nacional, Santiago 
•    Palacio Consistorial, Santiago 
•    ESO's Paranal Observatory, Atacama Desert *
China
•    Silk Market, Beijing *
•    The Clock Tower, Hong Kong
•    Ruins of St Paul’s, Macau
•    Citigroup Tower, Shanghai *
•    Gate of the Orient, Suzhou *
•    Suzhou International Financial Square, Suzhou *
Colombia
•    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
Djibouti
•    Palais du Peuple, Djibouti City *
Ethiopia 
•    Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar *
Grenada
•    Grenada Parliament Building, St George’s *
Israel
•    Water Tower, Ramat Gan
Japan
•    Ise Ohtorii, Ise City  
•    Karakora Art Studio, Matsue
•    Cosmo Clock 21, Yokohama *
•    Kanagawa Prefectural Government Building, Yokohama *
•    Yokohama Port Opening Hall, Yokohama 
Jordan
•    Temple of Hercules, Amman
Kenya
•    ‘Nyati’ the Buffalo statue (made from re-cycled Tusker glass bottles), Nairobi *
Malaysia
•    Straits Quay lighthouse, Penang
Mexico
•    El Ángel de la Independencia, Mexico City 
•    Fuente de la Diana Cazadora, Mexico City 
•    Fuente de Petróleos, Mexico City *
•    Glorieta de la Palma, Mexico City 
•    Monumento a Colón, Mexico City
•    Monumento a Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City *
•    Museo Soumaya.Fundación Carlos Slim, Mexico City
•    Glorieta de los Caballos, Guadalajara
•    La Minerva monument, Guadalajara
•    Los Arcos, Guadalajara
•    Monumento a los Niños Héroes, Guadalajara
•    Palacio Municipal, Guadalajara
•    Paseo Chapultepec, Guadalajara
•    Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres, Guadalajara
•    Puente Matute Remus, Guadalajara
•    Fuente de los Frailes, Puebla
•    Lámparas de Dragón, Puebla *
•    Palacio Municipal, Puebla
Qatar
•    Barahat Msheireb, Doha *
•    National Museum of Qatar, Doha *
Russia
•    Central Telegraph building, Moscow
•    Izvestia Hall, Moscow
•    Krymsky Bridge, Moscow *
•    Rossiya Theatre, Moscow
•    Palace Bridge, St Petersburg *
Sierra Leone
•    The Cotton Tree, Freetown
Thailand
•    All Seasons Place, Bangkok *
•    City Hall, Bangkok *
•    Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok *
Uganda
•    Biharwe Eclipse Monument, Mbarara *
United Arab Emirates
•    Abu Dhabi University *
•    InterContinental Abu Dhabi
•    Nation Towers, Abu Dhabi
•    The Abu Dhabi EDITION, Abu Dhabi *
•    Burj Al Arab, Dubai
•    Burj Khalifa, Dubai
•    Dubai Frame *
•    Arabian Desert, Dubai *
•    Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai
•    Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai *
Zambia
•    Kariba Dam, Siavonga *