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New global landmarks 'going green' for St Patrick's Day 2019

The Eden Project in Cornwall will join Tourism Ireland's Global Greening initiative for the first time in 2019
Brendan Hughes

VICTORIA Falls in Africa, Nation Towers in Abu Dhabi and the Eden Project in Cornwall are joining a host of global landmarks 'going green' to mark St Patrick's Day.

A leopard statue called 'Chiu' in Nairobi and Shizuoka Stadium in Japan - where Ireland will play Japan in the Rugby World Cup in September - will also be lit in green for the first time as part of the Tourism Ireland campaign.

Others joining the Global Greening initiative include the Château de Beaulieu on the banks of the Loire in France and the Atakule Tower in Ankara, the capital of Turkey.

Pari Roller - the world's biggest roller-skating event, which takes place every Friday night in Paris - is also set to go green, with hundreds of roller-skaters holding green glow sticks at the Palais de Chaillot.

The new sites join returning landmarks that have been bathed in green previously, including the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls and Sydney Opera House.

Now in its 10th year, the Global Greening initiative milestone is also being marked by Tourism Ireland with the launch of a new book called Ireland's Greening of the World, telling the story of the campaign since it began in 2010.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said he was "delighted" to see more well-known attractions and landmarks getting involved.

"The eagerness of cities and countries everywhere to take part underlines the strength of the deep connection that people all over the world feel to Ireland," he said.

"More than 70 million people around the world claim links to the island of Ireland and St Patrick's Day is a truly unique opportunity to reconnect them with their heritage.

"People across the world instantly identify St Patrick's Day with the island of Ireland and that heightened profile allows us to put the Ireland holiday experience in the spotlight – from Sydney to Singapore and from Rome to Rio de Janeiro."

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