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The world going green for St Patrick's Day will fill you with pride

The ‘Global Greening’ is even bigger this year.

Updated: 13.42, 17 March

WHETHER IN IRELAND or abroad you may have seen some famous city landmarks being turned green in honour of St Patrick’s Day.

Tourism Ireland spent about €65,000 on greening more than 120 buildings and monuments worldwide, according to the Irish Times.

Sydney Opera House charged €8,000 to be lit up in 2014 – the most by any single venue.

The Times reports that the London Eye charged €6,500 to be illuminated. Other fees charged included €3,000 for the Sphinx and Pyramids in Egypt, €2,570 for South Africa’s Table Mountain, and €2,379 for the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

Meanwhile, the Office of Public Works paid €30,000 to turn Irish buildings green.

Some places taking part for the first time ever include the Colosseum in Rome, the Sacré Cœur basilica in Paris, and Nelson’s Column in London, as well as several buildings in Iceland:

Source: WOW air/YouTube

Here’s a taster:


PUBLICIS LANDMARK BUILDING ON THE CHAMPS ELYSÉES IN PARIS JOINS Publicis Landmark Building on the Champs Elysées Source: Tourism Ireland

St. John’s, Newfoundland


Whistler, British Columbia

Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne


Penang, Malaysia

 Colosseum, Rome

The Great Wall of China


HALLGRÍMSKIRKJA CHURCH, REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND JOINS TOURISM IRELA Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavík, Iceland Source: Eirikur Ingi Bengtsson Helgason

PERLAN, IN REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND, JOINS TOURISM IRELAND’S GLOBAL Perlan (The Pearl), in Reykjavík, Iceland Source: Eirikur Ingi Bengtsson Helgason




Malin Head



Even Disney got involved:

182315-php16V98M Santiago Chile going green for the first time. Organised by the local Irish network The Wild Geese Chile. Source: Elaine Shanahan

Hopefully all of these great pics have given Kermit some solace today:

Source: James Adams/YouTube

Additional reporting by Órla Ryan

Originally published: 18.51, 16 March

Read: A stolen police golf cart and naked swimming: St Patrick’s Day arrests in the US >

Read: Government has spent €700,000 sending Ministers abroad for St Patrick’s Day since 2011 >

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