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Tourism Ireland
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Sleeping Beauty's castle and Trump Tower are going green for Paddy's Day

Old favourites like the Pyramids in Egypt and the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas will take on a green hue for the holiday as well.

TOURISM IRELAND TODAY announced the line-up for St Patrick’s Day green sites across the globe with Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland Paris, the Holmenkollen ski jump at Oslo and Trump Tower joining the sites which are going green this year.

Other new sites include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra in Jordan, Canada’s Whistler ski resort, the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in India and the Rhine Falls in Europe, which is one of the highest in Europe.

The new sites will join some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years like the Pyramids in Egypt, the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas, the Sydney Opera House, Niagara Falls and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

imageNiall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar (Image: Tourism Ireland).

“St Patrick’s Day is a unique and unrivalled annual opportunity to promote Ireland worldwide, particularly in terms of tourism, but also to encourage people to study and invest in Ireland, and to showcase Irish companies, products, services, food and drink,” commented Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore today.

Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar said: “This is a great way to get the world talking about Ireland on St Patrick’s Day. It’s a simple idea with minimal costs, but it’s also an incredibly effective marketing strategy. It gets Ireland on to front pages around the world, at a time of year when people are planning their summer breaks.”

This is the fifth year of the Global Greening Initiative and a number of Irish sites will also take on a green hue this year.

Here’s a full list of the sites going green this year, with an asterisk beside the new ones:


  • London Eye


(Image: Carl Court/PA)

  • Clyde Auditorium, affectionately known as the ‘Armadillo’ (SECC), Glasgow
  • Manchester Town Hall
  • The SSE Hydro, Glasgow *

United States

  • Niagara Falls (on both the Canadian and US sides)
  • ‘Welcome’ sign, Las Vegas
  • Empire State Building, New York


(Image: Seth Wenig/AP/PA)

  • City Hall, San Francisco
  • Chicago River
  • Chicago MYSTERY GREENING on 17 March *
  • Chicago “Taking it to the Streets” on 10 March
  • Congress Parkway *
  • State Street *
  • Chicago “Tall Buildings and Chicago Icons” on 11 March
  • 311 South Wacker Drive “White Castle Building” (65-storey skyscraper) *
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower *
  • Chicago Board of Trade *
  • Millennium Park /Jay Pritzker Pavilion *
  • Soldier Field stadium (home to the famous Chicago Bears team) *
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower *
  • Wrigley Building *
  • Chicago “Eating Green Around the City” on 12 March *
  • Chicago “Broadway in Chicago Goes Green” on 13 March
  • Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University *
  • Bank of America Theatre *
  • Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place *
  • Cadillac Palace Theatre *
  • Oriental Theatre *
  • Chicago “Northside Goes Green” on 14 March
  • State Bank of Countryside *
  • Four iconic buildings in Philadelphia including:
  • Cira Center (29-storey skyscraper in west Philadelphia)
  • One Liberty Place (61-storey skyscraper) and Two Liberty Place (58-storey skyscraper)
  • BNY Mellon Center (54-storey skyscraper)


  • Whistler, Canada’s premier ski destination in British Columbia
  • City Hall, Toronto
  • Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador *
  • Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa


  • Burgtheater (City Hall), Vienna
  • Kaprun Castle, Zell-am-See region *
  • Skiwelt Söll (ski resort) *


  • Manneken Pis statue, Belgium (“dressed” in Irish costume)

Czech Republic

  • Petřín Lookout Tower, Prague *
  • City Hall Viewing Tower, Ostrava *


  • Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland® Paris *


  • TV tower in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz
  • Allianz Arena, Munich


(Image: Matthias Schrader/AP/PA)

  • ‘Lighthouse’ building in Düsseldorf
  • Odeonsplatz in central Munich
  • Neumünster church (built over the tomb of St Kilian), Würzburg
  • Town Hall, WürzburgOlympic Tower in the Olympic Park, Munich *
  • Town Hall, Hannover *
  • Irish consulate, Munich *
  • Aer Lingus check-in desks at Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich Airports *
  • AVIAREPS building, Frankfurt *
  • Irish pubs network


  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Porta San Giacomo, Bergamo (the imposing entrance to the Città Alta) *
  • Fountain of Piazza dei Martiri, Reggio Emilia *
  • Virgin Fitness Centres in Milan will green their spinning classes *


  • Prince’s Palace


  • Evoluon Eindhoven *


  • Holmenkollen ski jump, Oslo *


  • Cibeles Fountain and Palace, Madrid
  • Palacio de Communiaciones, Madrid


  • Rhine Falls, near Zurich (one of the highest waterfalls in Europe) *

Australia and New Zealand

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zealand

Emerging markets

  • The Treasury in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan, pictured below *


(Image: Tourism Ireland)

  • Pyramids and the Sphinx, Egypt
  • Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, India *
  • Table Mountain, South Africa

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