Over 250 iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be illuminated green over the coming days, as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2017 Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. The annual initiative, now in its eighth year, which sees a host of major landmarks around the world turn green for St Patrick’s Day, has grown with new landmarks signing up to take part this year.
Stadiums, statues, castles and towers will go green to celebrate the national day (March 17) with additions for 2017 including the One World Trade Center in New York – the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center in New York and the tallest building in the Western hemisphere.
Niall Gibbons, CEO, Tourism Ireland, said, “This is the eighth year 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. 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.”
In Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, the St Patrick’s Festival will last for four days, taking in the weekend and running from March 16 to 19. The city will be alive with music, film, arts, dance, culture, fun and even international rugby.
Each year the festival has a different theme with this year’s them – Ireland We Are – giving the city a chance to showcase itself. Festival favourites include the world’s largest outdoor céilí, world-class museums hosting free workshops and guided historic walks including famous sites such as the Guinness Storehouse. The main event, the St Patrick’s Festival parade, is held on March 17 in Dublin’s city centre.
In Northern Ireland, the newly curated ‘Home of St Patrick Festival’ celebrates St Patrick. Taking place in the landscape of counties Armagh and Down, which was once Patrick’s home, the festival will culminate on March 19 with ‘The Voice of the Irish’ closing concert in Newry Cathedral.