179 landmarks confirmed to go green as minister Griffin launches St Patrick's Day global push

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Seattle’s Space Needle, Athletic Bilabao‘s football stadium and the Sydney Opera House will be joining the likes of the Christ the Redeemer statue and Rome’s Colosseum in this year’s Global Greening of monuments for St Patrick’s Day.
Launching this year’s initiative, the Minister of State for Tourism, Brendan Griffin, also said Trafalgar Square‘s fountains will be tuning green, as well as Nelson’s Column.
“It’s the first time since 2014 that the Sydney Opera House is going green,” said Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons at the launch in his organisation’s Dublin headquarters. “And the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio went green because it’s up to the Archbishop of the city and he wanted to honour the city’s Irish missionary connections.”

Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons and Minister Brendan Griffin at the Global Greening launch, Dublin, February 13, 2018

Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons and Minister Brendan Griffin at the Global Greening launch, Dublin, February 13, 2018

Mr Gibbons added that the Space Needle’s addition was timely, given the new direct connection from Dublin to Seattle with Aer Lingus. “Irish people love to see places all around the world lit up, and the locals do too,” Brendan Griffin said of the greening, which began nine years ago.
Minister Griffin said Tourism Ireland would also be ramping up its campaign to woo British tourists back, with campaigns in eight Scottish and English cities. “We can’t give up on Britain – it’s too important a market for us,” he said.
The Minister will be attending his first St Patrick’s Day abroad, visiting Mexico City, Guadalajara, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. “St Patrick’s Day trips abroad get a lot of unfair press – we can’t be isolationist in our outlook,” he said, adding that the patron saint’s festival is a time when the world’s eyes are on our island.

first time ‘greenings’ are marked *

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney
  • Town Hall, Sydney
  • The Big Kangaroo, Border Village
  • The Bell Tower, Perth
  • Council House, Perth
  • Elizabeth Quay, Perth


  • Burgtheater, Vienna
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum), Vienna *
  • Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum), Vienna *
  • Wiener Riesenrad (ferris wheel), Vienna
  • Bergiselschanze (ski jump), Innsbruck


  • Grand Place, Brussels
  • Manneken Pis statue, Brussels (“dressed” in Irish costume)
  • Town Hall, Dinant *
  • Celtic Cross, Fontenoy
  • Belfry, Mons


  • Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro
  • Torre de TV Digital, Brasília
  • Torre da Globo (Globo TV Tower), São Paulo
  • Catedral de Pedra de Canela, Canela, Rio Grande do Sul *


  • Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
  • Casa Loma, Toronto
  • City Hall, Toronto
  • The Distillery District, Toronto
  • Calgary Tower, Calgary
  • Chimo the polar bear, Cochrane *
  • Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat *
  • Cochrane sign *
  • Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
  • Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • The Big Nickel, Sudbury
  • The Wawa Goose *


  • Canton Tower, Guangzhou


  • Onofrio Fountain, Dubrovnik *


  • Municipal Town Hall, Nicosia


  • Nimb Hotel, Copenhagen *
  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen


  • London Eye
  • Heron Tower, London
  • Nelson’s Column, London
  • Selfridges, London
  • Selfridges, Birmingham
  • Selfridges, Manchester
  • Trafalgar Square fountains, London *
  • National Football Museum, Manchester *
  • Town Hall clock, Manchester
  • Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Vabaduse Väljak (Freedom Square), Tallinn *


  • Ice skating rink, Oulu *


  • Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris
  • Beaugrenelle (shopping centre), Paris *
  • BHV Marais (Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville – department store), Paris
  • Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
  • Château de la Muette (headquarters of the OECD), Paris
  • Galeries Lafayette, Paris
  • Irish Embassy, Paris
  • Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland®Paris              
  • University of Angers – ESTHUA, Angers *
  • Hôtel de Ville, Cannes
  • La Croisette, Cannes
  • La Tour du Suquet, Cannes
  • Musée de la Castre, Cannes
  • Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes
  • Tapis rouge lumineux (red carpet), Cannes
  • Secondary school, Châteaudun *
  • Hôtel de Ville, Grandvilliers
  • Hôtel de Ville, Mellac
  • Hôtel de Ville, Royan *
  • Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Mandé
  • Palais de l’Europe (seat of the Council of Europe), Strasbourg *


  • Lighthouse building, Düsseldorf
  • Altes Rathaus, Gescher
  • McKiernan’s Irish Café, Gescher
  • ‘Fridolin’ the carp statue, Höchstadt an der Aisch
  • Allianz Arena, Munich
  • BMW Welt, Munich
  • Heidecksburg Castle, Rudolstadt
  • Königsbau, Stuttgart *
  • Neumünster church, Würzburg
  • Rathaus (Town Hall), Würzburg


  • Müpa Budapest
  • Tüskecsarnok (indoor arena), Budapest


  • Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa *
  • Water Tower, Ramat Gan
  • City Hall, Tel Aviv


  • Colosseum, Rome
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Il Pozzo di San Patrizio (St Patrick’s Well), Orvieto
  • Torre del Moro, Orvieto *


  • Ise Ohtorii, Ise City
  • Yokohama Marine Tower, Naka Ward, Yokohama *


  • Straits Quay lighthouse, Penang


  • El Ángel de la Independencia, Mexico City
  • Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City *
  • Glorieta de los Caballos, Guadalajara *
  • Los Arcos, Guadalajara
  • Monumento a los Ninos Héroes, Guadalajara
  • Palacio Municipal, Guadalajara
  • Parque Lineal Pablo Neruda, Guadalajara *
  • Parque Unidad Deportivo la Tucson, Guadalajara *
  • Paseo Chapultepec, Guadalajara
  • Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres, Guadalajara

The Netherlands

  • SkyLounge Amsterdam *
  • Splendor Amsterdam
  • Uilenburgersjoel Amsterdam *
  • DOT, Groningen *
  • Euromast, Rotterdam *
  • SkyView Scheveningen Pier, The Hague
  • Windmill, Weert

New Zealand

  • Sky Tower, Auckland
  • Christchurch Airport
  • Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington


  • Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo *


  • Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
  • Spodek (arena), Katowice
  • Galeria Echo (shopping centre), Kielce
  • Father Bernatek (Kladka Bernatka) footbridge, Kraków
  • Lipska Street flyover, Kraków
  • Tauron Arena, Kraków
  • Archaeological Museum, Poznań *
  • Bishop Jordan Bridge, Poznań *
  • Grand Theatre, Poznań *
  • Raczyński Library, Poznań
  • City Hall, Toruń *
  • Bank Zachodni WBK headquarters, Wroclaw
  • Centennial Hall, Wroclaw
  • Grunwaldzki Bridge, Wroclaw
  • National Museum, Wroclaw *
  • Opera House, Wroclaw *
  • University Bridge, Wroclaw
  • University of Wroclaw *


  • Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue), Lisbon
  • Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Cascais


  • Ada Bridge (Most na Adi), Belgrade
  • Palace Albanija, Belgrade
  • Hotel Moskva, Belgrade
  • Canadian Embassy, Belgrade
  • Glavna Pošta (main post office), Belgrade *
  • Hotel Park, Belgrade
  • House of the National Assembly of Serbia Narodna Skupstina, Belgrade


  • Tower of Hércules, A Coruña, Galicia
  • San Mamés stadium, Bilbao *
  • Marbella arches
  • Tortosa town *


  • Vasa warship, Stockholm


  • The Rhine Falls, near Zurich                                                    

United Arab Emirates

  • Yas Viceroy hotel, Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai *
  • Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai

United States

  • Empire State Building, New York
  • Wells Fargo building, Albuquerque
  • Chicago Board of Trade building
  • Civic Opera House, Chicago
  • Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago
  • John Hancock Center, Chicago
  • Novak Construction, Chicago
  • Navy Pier, Chicago
  • One Prudential Plaza, Chicago
  • Soldier Field, Chicago
  • State Street, Chicago
  • Wrigley Building, Chicago
  • Harbor Bridge, Corpus Christi *
  • Omni Dallas Hotel
  • Reunion Tower, Dallas
  • City Hall, Denver
  • City Hall, Houston
  • Junction Bridge pedestrian walkway and Main Street bridge, Little Rock
  • City Hall, San Francisco
  • Coit Tower, San Francisco
  • Space Needle, Seattle *


  • Pen Monument, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi *




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