For St Patrick’s Day 2018, Tourism Ireland unveils this year’s greenings!

Published on : Wednesday, March 14, 2018

indexWhat exactly do a lion statue in Kenya made completely from re-cycled flip flops, a huge skeleton of the blue whale in the Natural History Museum in London and a Game of Thrones-themed ice hotel in Lapland — all have in common? These are the names of some of the most extraordinary participants in Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative for St Patrick’s Day 2018.

The annual Global Greening effort of Tourism Ireland has gone from strength to strength, from its start in 2010, when only the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland went green, to this year, which is all set to mark the biggest Global Greening till date. By now, almost 250 sites have been signed up to take part (and new sites are coming on board every day). From Rome to Rio and from London to Las Vegas, innumerable buildings and sites across the globe will be turning a shade of green in the forthcoming days.

This year’s ‘Greenings’ comprise some unusual places and things:


To quote Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, “This is the ninth year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative and it’s bigger and better than ever this year, with some wonderful (and unusual!) new additions like a lion statue made from re-cycled flip flops in Kenya, the Wawa goose statue in Canada and a Blue Whale skeleton in the Natural History Museum in London. 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.”


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