Rome’s Colosseum to go green for Patrick’s Day

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The Colosseum in Rome, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica overlooking Paris and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville will go green for the first time ever for St Patrick’s Day this year as part of an initiative to boost tourism.

Tourism Ireland’s sixth annual Global Greening, which sees a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world illuminated in green for St. Patrick’s Day, also sees attractions as diverse as the statuesque Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro to the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Paris ‘go green’.

castleToday’s announcement by Ireland’s Minister Paschal Donohoe for Transport kicks off Tourism Ireland’s major first half promotional drive to grow overseas tourism in 2015.

The new sites, also including the Jumeirah Etihad Towers hotel in Abu Dhabi, the Town Halls of Munich and the Fram polar exploration ship in Oslo join some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years – including Niagara Falls (on both the US and Canadian sides), the London Eye, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Sky Tower in Auckland.

Chicago is going all out this year, with numerous buildings and sites across the city ‘seeing green’, and special greening ‘selfie stations’ set up around the city in the run-up to St Patrick’s Day so individual Chicagoans can join in the fun.

Paschal Donohoe said: “The 2015 Tourism Ireland Global Greening will again help to raise awareness of Ireland as a visitor destination in key overseas markets.

col“The success of the Global Greening from a tourism perspective is in the volume of media coverage that is generated, with images of the greened landmarks forming part of prime-time news broadcasts on stations around the world, and images of the greened venues appearing in print and online publications and being widely shared on social media.

“It serves to remind people worldwide of Ireland at a time when many are planning their overseas holidays. Domestically, since 2013, many high profile buildings across Ireland including airports, city and council offices, railway stations, hotels and churches have boosted the festive atmosphere here at home by replicating the international greening, and I would strongly encourage them to do so again this year.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan said he was delighted to welcome the new sites that had signed up to the initiatives.

“The greening of iconic sites is also symbolic of the great friendship that exists between Ireland and so many countries around the world. It presents us with an invaluable opportunity to deepen existing friendships, strengthen awareness of Ireland and our rich heritage, and forge new ties,” he said.

The full list of landmarks to be illuminated in green are below, with ‘first-timers’ asterisked:

Great Britain
· London Eye
· Town Hall clock, Manchester
· ‘Armadillo’ (SECC), Glasgow
· The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

North America
United States
· Grand Ole Opry (the show that made country music famous!), Nashville *
· John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, Nashville *
· Empire State Building, New York
· GREENing of Chicago
– United Center (home of the Chicago Bulls) *
– Block Thirty Seven (shopping mall) *
– Macy’s *
– Navy Pier
– John Hancock Center
– Old St Patrick’s Church
– Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower
– Trump International Hotel & Tower
– Wrigley Building
– Chicago Board of Trade
– Novak Construction *
– State Street
Canada
· Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
· Algonquin National Park, Ontario *
· Whistler, Canada’s famous ski resort in British Columbia
· City Hall, Toronto
· Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
· Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Mainland Europe
Austria
· Burgtheater (City Hall), Vienna
· Wiener Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater Amusement Park), Vienna
· Skiwelt Söll (ski resort)
· Kaprun Castle, Zell-am-See region
Belgium
· Manneken Pis statue, Brussels (“dressed” in Irish costume)
France
· Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris *
· Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland® Paris
· Porte de Bourgogne, Bordeaux *
· Irish Embassy, Paris
· Irish Cultural Centre, Paris *
· Publicis landmark building on the Champs Elysées, Paris *
Germany
· Allianz Arena, Munich
· Town Hall, Munich *
· Odeonsplatz, Munich
· Olympic Tower, Munich
· Town Hall, Bamberg *
· English language school, Bamberg *
· ‘Lighthouse’ building, Düsseldorf
· Neumünster church (built over the tomb of St Kilian), Würzburg
· Town Hall, Würzburg
· Irish pubs network
Italy
· Colosseum, Rome *
· Leaning Tower of Pisa
Norway
· Fram polar exploration ship, Oslo *
Portugal
· National Sanctuary of Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue), Lisbon *
· Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Caiscais
Slovenia
· Ljubljana Castle
· Philharmonic Hall, Slovenia *
Spain
· Cibeles Fountain and Palace, Madrid
· Tower of Hércules (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Galicia
Switzerland
· Rhine Falls, near Zurich

Australia and New Zealand
· Town Hall, Sydney *
· Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney
· Sky Tower, Auckland
· Auckland War Memorial Museum *

Emerging markets
· Christ the Redeemer statue, Brazil
· Jumeirah Etihad Towers hotel, Abu Dhabi *
· Burj Al Arab hotel, Dubai
· City Hall, Tbilisi, Georgia *

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