Global Greening On St. Patrick’s Day

Photo by Lalin Swaris

On the 17th of March 2010 in Sydney, Australia, Sydney Opera House was illuminated in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

‘The Tourism Ireland team in Sydney had the idea of marking 200 years since a governor called Lachlan Macquarie held an event to celebrate the Irish in Australia. Our team managed to get the Sydney Opera House turned green in celebration of the bicentenary.

We were all a bit surprised by the response. It got great coverage and the conversation started about what other buildings we could turn green.’ Tourism Ireland Chief Executive Niall Gibbons

In 2019 the formerTaoiseach and now Tanaiste, Leo Varadkar said:

“Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening project is a powerful symbol of the impact of our Irish abroad and is an expression of our reach, our shared values and our ambition.”

“The Global Greening project, like our diaspora, stretches across the world, to every continent, going beyond our historical connections into where we can now be found.

St. Patrick’s Day 2021 was a virtual event due to Covid 19, but a beautiful light display was provided by 500 drones in the night sky over Dublin. This was organised by the St Patrick’s Festival, Dublin City Council and Tourism Ireland. See video below.

Dublin wasn’t the only place in Ireland to take part in the global greening of St. Patrick’s Day. Cities all over the island of Ireland lit up monument and buildings in emerald green light. My local town of Longford did their bit too. This was captured by my good friend and photographer, Lalin Swaris.

Photo by Lalin Swaris
Photo by Lalin Swaris
Photo by Lalin Swaris
Photo by Lalin Swaris
May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you.May the luck of the Irish enfold you.May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you. 
May there always be work for your hands to do,May your purse always hold a coin or two.May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.May the hand of a friend always be near you,And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

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