Record number of sites going green on St Patrick's Day

Palestine and South Korea among those taking part for the first time

Record number of sites going green on St Patrick's Day

Artist's impression of One World Trade Center in New York going green | Image: Tourism Ireland

One World Trade Center in New York and Barcelona's Plaça de Catalunya are amoung new venues going green for the first time this St Patrick's Day.

Tourism Ireland has announced details of some of the famous attractions and sites around the world which will go green in 2017.

The annual initiative has grown, with lots of new landmarks signing up to take part.

The new landmarks for 2017 include: One World Trade Center, City Hall in London, Heron Tower in London, Plaça de Catalunya and the fountains on Gran Via in Barcelona, Pozzo di San Patrizio in Orvieto, the four principal monuments in the town of Cosenza (Calabria), City Hall in Antwerp (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Cloth Hall in Ypres, Matsue Castle in Japan, Yasser Arafat Museum in Ramallah, Gwangandaegyo in South Korea and even a rhino statue in Nairobi National Park.

Artist's impression of the Heron Tower in London going green | Image: Tourism Ireland

Even an Ethiopian Airlines airplane in Addis Ababa will be green - while the famous red carpet in Cannes will become the green carpet on March 17th.

The new sites will join some 'old favourites' - including the London Eye and Nelson’s Column in London, the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Burj al Arab in Dubai, the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building in New York, the Sky Tower in New Zealand and the Great Wall of China.

Artist's impression of Matsue Castle in Japan going green | Image: Tourism Ireland

And, Chicago will be going all out to celebrate St Patrick and Ireland once again this year, with numerous buildings and sites across the city set to light up green.

Joan O’Shaughnessy, Chairman of Tourism Ireland; Tourism Minister Shane Ross; Minister of State for the Diaspora, Joe McHugh and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative 2017 | Image: Tourism Ireland

The unqiue global campaign is now in its eighth year.

Tourism Minister Shane Ross said: "From modest beginnings in 2010, the Global Greening initiative has grown to become a significant worldwide reminder of both St Patrick's Day itself and also of Ireland and its appeal as a visitor destination.

"From a tourism perspective, the true value of the Global Greening initiative is in the huge level of public interest and consequently media coverage that is generated about St Patrick’s Day and Ireland.

Artist's impression of One World Trade Center in New York going green | Image: Tourism Ireland

"The Global Greening is a prime example of the strong return on public investment that is provided by Tourism Ireland’s overseas marketing activity, which is reflected in Ireland’s exceptional tourism performance."

While Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, added: "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 and join our St Patrick’s celebrations.

"The success of our Global Greening initiative is due in no small part to the great work that has been carried out across the world by Irish people down the generations and, in particular, to the great support we’ve received from the Irish embassy network and the Diaspora."

Full list of landmarks and sites going green in 2017: (A first time 'greening' is marked by a *)

Great Britain

London Eye
Nelson’s Column, London
Heron Tower, London *
City Hall, London *
Selfridges, London
Selfridges, Birmingham
Trafford Centre, Manchester

North America

United States
One World Trade Center (formerly Freedom Tower), New York *
Empire State Building, New York
Aisling Irish Community Center, New York
Civic Opera House, Chicago
Chicago Gaelic Park
Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago *
John Hancock Center, Chicago
Navy Pier, Chicago
Novak Construction, Chicago
One Prudential Plaza, Chicago
Sheraton Grand Chicago
State Street, Chicago
Wrigley Building, Chicago
‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas
City Hall, San Francisco
Pacific Science Center, Seattle


Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
The Distillery District, Toronto
Whistler (ski resort)

Mainland Europe

Wiener Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel), Vienna
Bergisel Sprungschanze Stadion (ski jump), Innsbruck
Manneken Pis statue, Brussels (“dressed” in Irish costume)
City Hall, Antwerp *
Cloth Hall, Ypres *
Town Hall, Mons
Irish Ice Fishing Championship, Tampere *
Restaurant RantaCasino, Heinola
Bandic fountains, Zagreb *
Municipal Town Hall, Nicosia
Roue de Paris, Tuileries Gardens, Paris
Irish Embassy, Paris
Tapis rouge lumineux (red carpet), Cannes *
L’Hôtel de Ville, Cannes
La Croisette, Cannes
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes
Tour de la Castre au Suquet, Cannes
Neumünster church, Würzburg
Rathaus (Town Hall), Würzburg
Colosseum, Rome
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Pozzo di San Patrizio (St Patrick’s Well), Orvieto *
Teatro Alfonso Rendano (Rendano Theatre), Cosenza *
Castello Normanno-Svevo (Swabian Norman Castle), Cosenza *
Municipio (Town Hall), Cosenza *
Fontane Danzanti (Dancing Fountains), Cosenza *
Riga City Council
Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
University Bridge, Bydgoszcz
Spodek (arena), Katowice *
Galeria Echo (shopping centre), Kielce
Father Bernatek (Kladka Bernatka) footbridge, Kraków
Lipska Street flyover, Kraków
Tauron Arena, Kraków
Arena Lublin
Ratusz (Town Hall), Poznan
Stadion Wroclaw
Ratusz (Town Hall), Rzeszów
National Sanctuary of Cristo Rei (Christ the King statue), Lisbon
Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Cascais
The Netherlands
Windmill, Weert
Sheraton Hotel, Bucharest *
Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava
Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona *
Fountains on Gran Via, Barcelona *
City Council, Murcia *
The Rhine Falls, near Zurich

Australia and New Zealand


Town Hall, Sydney
State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane
Perth Airport *
The Bell Tower, Perth
Council House, Perth
Elizabeth Quay, Perth
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
New Zealand
Sky Tower, Auckland

Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro
Sede da FIESP (headquarters of Federação das Indústrias do Estado de São Paulo), São Paulo*

Great Wall of China

Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350, Addis Ababa *

Water Tower, Ramat Gan (near Tel Aviv) *

Torii of the Ise Grand Shrine, Ise, Mie Prefecture
Matsue Castle, Matsue *
Karakoro Art Studio, Matsue

Rhino statue, Nairobi National Park *

Fortress of Maputo *

Yasser Arafat Museum, Ramallah *

Tverskaya Street, Moscow

Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali *

South Korea
Gwangandaegyo (Diamond Bridge), Busan *

United Arab Emirates
Burj Al Arab hotel, Dubai

Equator Sign and Line, Uganda