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

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening goes from strength to strength with 100+ landmarks and iconic sites celebrating the island of Ireland and St Patrick ~

In a major coup for tourism, over 100+ landmarks and iconic sites around the world turned green for Tourism Ireland’s 2014 Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick at the weekend.

Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative has gone from strength to strength – from its beginning in 2010, with just the Sydney Opera House going green, to this year, when more than 100 landmark buildings and iconic sites turned a shade of green for the 17th March.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is the fifth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and each year I am delighted that even more well-known attractions and landmark sites get involved and join our St Patrick’s celebrations. The addition of another UNESCO World Heritage site – the Great Wall of China – as well as the Treasury in the ancient city of Petra and the Tower of Hércules in Galicia, in Spain – was a major triumph this year.

“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, while also showcasing our wonderful tourism offering to a huge global audience. Our message is that there has never been a better time to plan a visit to the island of Ireland.”

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