St Patrick’s celebrations get the green light around the world

Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening goes from strength to strength with 190 major landmarks and sites taking part this year – celebrating Ireland and St Patrick

Some 190 iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be illuminated in green over the coming days – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 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. New sites taking part in 2016 include 7 World Trade Center at Ground Zero in New York, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Yas Viceroy hotel in Abu Dhabi and the Nelson Mandela statue in Johannesburg. They are joined by some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years – including the Colosseum in Rome, the Sacré Cœur basilica in Paris, the Great Wall of China, Niagara Falls 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 and the Sky Tower in Auckland going green, to this year, with some 190 sites taking part. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the seventh year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and it’s bigger and better than ever this year, with some wonderful new additions like 7 World Trade Center in New York, the Boston Red Sox, the light rail system in Addis Abba and even an opera house in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. “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 Great Britain, Mainland Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as emerging tourism markets like China, India, Brazil, the Middle East and South Africa. We are using every opportunity to capitalise on Ireland’s heightened profile this week; the saturation coverage about Ireland across the global airwaves, in newspapers and digital media, is an invaluable boost for our overall 2016 tourism promotional drive.”

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Note: first time ‘greenings’ marked *
Great Britain

London Eye
Nelson’s Column, London
ExCel, London *
Selfridges, London
Selfridges, Birmingham
Stoke Park Golf Club, Buckinghamshire *
Trafford Centre, Manchester *
Town Hall clock, Manchester
Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne *
‘Armadillo’ (SECC), Glasgow
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
North America

United States

7 World Trade Center, Ground Zero, New York *
Aisling Irish Community Center, New York *
Boston Red Sox (baseball team) *
Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox), Boston *
Empire State Building, New York
Reunion Tower, Dallas *
‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas
High Roller, Las Vegas
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville *
Chicago Board of Trade building
Chicago Gaelic Park *
John Hancock Center, Chicago
Navy Pier, Chicago
One Prudential Plaza, Chicago *
Sheraton Grand Chicago *
Soldier Field (home to the famous Chicago Bears team), Chicago
State Street, Chicago
United Center (home to the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls), Chicago
Wrigley Building, Chicago
Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
Turbo the Goat, Toronto *
Casa Loma, Toronto *
The Distillery District, Toronto *
Courtyard by Marriott hotel, Montreal *
City Hall, Toronto
Breakfast Television studio, Toronto
Calgary Tower *
Hôtel de Ville, Montreal
St Patrick’s Basilica, Montreal *
Olympic Stadium, Montreal
Complexe Desjardins, Montreal
La Tour McGill (McGill College tower), Montreal
McTavish Reservoir, Montreal
Verdun Borough Hall, Montreal
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Mainland Europe

Burgtheater, Vienna
Bridges on the River Danube, Vienna *
Wiener Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater Amusement Park), Vienna
Bergisel Sprungschanze Stadion (ski jump), Innsbruck *
Skiwelt Söll (ski resort)
Löwensaal, Hohenems
Kaprun Castle, Zell-am-See region
Grand Place, Brussels
Manneken Pis statue, Brussels (“dressed” in Irish costume)
Burg, Bruges
Belfry, Mons
National Palace of Culture (NDK), Sofia *
Czech Republic
Petřín Lookout Tower, Prague
Mahen Theatre, Brno *
City Hall, Ostrava
Municipality Building, Nicosia *
Den Blå Planet (national aquarium), Copenhagen *
Lahti Radio Towers *
Ice swimming lake and swimmers, Tampere *
Roue de Paris (Big Wheel), Tuileries Gardens, Paris *
Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris
BHV Marais (Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville – department store), Paris *
Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland® Paris
Château de la Muette (headquarters of the OECD), Paris
Galeries Lafayette, Paris
Drugstore Publicis, Paris
Irish Embassy, Paris
Place de la Gare, Amiens *
Porte de Bourgogne, Bordeaux
Porte Dijeaux, Bordeaux *
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes
La Croisette, Cannes
La Mairie, Cannes
Tour de la Castre au Suquet, Cannes
La Manufacture des Tabacs, Lyon *
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon
Le Palais de Justice, Lyon
Le Musée des Confluences, Lyon
Mairie de Villeurbanne, Lyon
Astroballe (indoor sporting arena), Lyon
Opéra Comédie, Montpellier *
Aéroport Montpellier Méditerrannée *
Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Mandé *
Funkturm Berlin (radio tower)
Airbus Group building, Berlin *
Water fountain at Irish pub, Bornheim *
‘Lighthouse’ building, Düsseldorf
Allianz Arena, Munich
Hofbräuhaus, Munich *
Olympic Tower, Munich
Odeonsplatz, Munich
Offene Kirche St. Klara, Nürnberg *
Heidecksburg Castle, Rudolstadt *
Hotel Bell Rock, Europa-Park, Rust *
Fernsehturm (TV tower), Stuttgart *
Barockkirche, Theilheim *
Neumünster church, Würzburg
Rathaus, Würzburg
Irish pubs network
Müpa Budapest *
Colosseum, Rome
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Villa Reale, Monza *
Mole Antonelliana, Turin *
Riga Town Hall *
Hôtel de Ville, Luxembourg city
Forti Sant’Anġlu, Birgu *
Love Monument, St Julian’s *
Prince’s Palace
The Netherlands
‘I Amsterdam’ sign at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
Windmill, Weert *
Mount Ulriken TV mast, Bergen *
Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
Kladka Bernatka footbridge, Kraków *
Lipska Street flyover, Kraków *
Golden Gate, Gdańsk *
Executioner’s House, Gdańsk *
Flyovers at Uczniowska Street, Kosciuszki Street and Jana z Kolna Street, Gdańsk *
Crown Tribunal, Lublin *
Arena Lublin (football stadium) *
Town Hall, Poznań *
Torre de Belém, Lisbon *
National Sanctuary of Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue), Lisbon
Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Caiscais
Ada Bridge, Belgrade
Palace Albanija, Belgrade *
Cupola of the House of the National Assembly of Serbia, Belgrade *
Hotel Moskva, Belgrade *
Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava
Palacio de Comunicaciones de Cibeles, Madrid
Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid
Plaza España, Adeje, Tenerife
Tower of Hércules, A Coruña, Galicia
Marbella arches *
Marbella marina and lighthouse *
Town Hall, Marbella *
Rhine Falls, near Zurich
Australia and New Zealand

Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney
Luna Park, Sydney *
State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
The Star Event Centre, Sydney *
Town Hall, Sydney
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane *
Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane
National Film & Sound Archive, Canberra *
The Bell Tower, Perth *
Subiaco fountain, Perth *
Council House, Perth
Elizabeth Quay, Perth *
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne *
Sky Tower, Auckland
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Chief Post Office, Auckland *
New Brighton Pier, Christchurch *
Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington *
Emerging markets

Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro
Arcos da Lapa (Carioca Aqueduct), Rio de Janeiro *
3 Olympic arenas, Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro *
Cathedral of Brasília (Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida), Brasília *
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasília *
Monumento às bandeiras, São Paulo
Ponte das Bandeiras, São Paulo
Biblioteca Mário de Andrade, São Paulo
Viaduto do Chá, São Paulo
TV Towers on Avenida Paulista, São Paulo *
Teatro Amazonas (Amazon Theatre), Manaus *
Elevador Lacerda, Salvador *
Great Wall of China
Canton Tower, Guangzhou
Derry~Londonderry~Doire Clipper Race yacht, Qingdao
Light rail system, Addis Ababa *
World Trade Center 1, Jakarta *
City Hall, Tel Aviv *
Torii (entrance gate) of the Ise Grand Shrine, Ise, Mie Prefecture
Karakoro Art Studio, Matsue
Ahmed the Elephant statue, Nairobi National Museum *
El Ángel de la Independencia, Mexico City
Monumento a la Patria, Mérida, Yucatán *
Los Arcos (arch), La Minerva monument and El Palacio Municipal, Guadalajara *
South Africa
Nelson Mandela statue, Johannesburg
United Arab Emirates
Burj Al Arab hotel, Dubai
Global Village, Dubai *
Capital Gate Building, Abu Dhabi *
Yas Viceroy hotel, Abu Dhabi *

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