A number of our top attractions were lit up in red as the sun set yesterday evening, to mark Canada Day (on 1 July). The celebration was organised by Tourism Ireland in Toronto, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland.
In all, 22 buildings and visitor attractions across the island of Ireland, as well as the Belfast Giants ice hockey team, lit up in red or flew the Canadian flag, to join this year’s celebrations. They included:
- Alcock & Brown Memorial near Clifden
- Belfast Giants
- Bushmills Inn
- Cobh Heritage Centre
- Connemara National Park
- Dooley's Hotel, Waterford
- Dublin Castle
- Dunbrody Country House Hotel
- EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
- Giant’s Causeway
- Granville Hotel, Waterford
- The Guildhall in Derry-Londonderry
- House of Waterford Crystal
- Kylemore Abbey
- Malahide Castle
- Powerscourt House
- Queen's University Belfast
- Samuel Beckett Bridge
- The Royal Hotel Valentia
- Titanic Belfast
- Valentia Island Cable Station
- Valentia Island Lighthouse
- Waterford City & County Council
Images of the sites illuminated in red will be shared by Tourism Ireland with influential travel and lifestyle journalists in Canada, as well as via Tourism Ireland’s social media channels – highlighting our strong links with Canada and demonstrating a symbol of friendship between the island of Ireland and Canada.
Sandra Moffatt, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted that Canada Day is being marked this week on the island of Ireland, with a number of popular landmarks and visitor attractions lighting up in red or flying the Canadian flag. With more than 4.5 million Canadians claiming Irish heritage, the links between Ireland and Canada are strong. This celebration of Canada Day is a gesture of genuine friendship between Canada and the island of Ireland and we look forward to welcoming Canadian visitors to Ireland, when the time is right.”
The Samuel Beckett Bridge; The Guildhall in Derry-Londonderry; the Giant’s Causeway; Dublin Castle; Powerscourt House; and Kylemore Abbey, illuminated in red to mark Canada Day.
Notes To Editors
- Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
- In 2019, we welcomed almost 11.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of over €5.8 billion.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 33 market sites available in 30 different countries in 11 language versions around the world.