The St Patrick’s Day: Sponza Palace Goes Green

Dubrovnik’s Sponza Palace will go green this Saturday as part of the tenth anniversary of the Global Greening initiative. This initiative was organized by the Embassy of the Ireland in cooperation with the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.

Annual celebration of St. Patrick, National Day of Ireland, organized by Tourism Ireland will include a record number of places around the world, and in Croatia too – in total, 400 places in 53 countries. The tenth annual initiative will include Croatian five cities and nine places – Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Zadar. With its record-breaking participation, Croatia has again shown that the link between Ireland and Croatia is growing stronger each year.

As they stated in the official press release, Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening sees exciting new additions for 2019 like Victoria Falls, The Eden Project in Cornwall, York’s medieval City Walls and The Cotton Tree in Sierra Leone.
Victoria Falls, York’s medieval City Walls, the Eden Project in Cornwall, a leopard statue called ‘Chiu’ in Nairobi, Nation Towers in Abu Dhabi, the Château de Beaulieu on the banks of the Loire, the Atakule Tower in Ankara and the Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA in Japan, where Ireland will play Japan in the Rugby World Cup in September, will join Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative for the first time in 2019.

Pari Roller – one of the world’s biggest rollerskating events, which takes place every Friday night in Paris – is also set to go green! Hundreds of rollerskaters gliding through the streets of the French capital will stop at the Palais de Chaillot, where they’ll carry bright green glow sticks to celebrate our national day.

Tourism Ireland today announced details of some of the famous attractions and sites around the world which will go green to mark St Patrick’s Day this year, continuing the organisation’s first-half promotional drive to build on the success of 2018 and grow overseas tourism to the island of Ireland again in 2019.

To mark the 10th year of Global Greening and to celebrate this unique global campaign, Tourism Ireland is launching a new book, called Ireland’s Greening of the World. It tells the story of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening since it began in 2010 and how it has since captured the imagination of people everywhere.

Other new sites and buildings taking part in Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening 2019 include: The Cotton Tree in Freetown, Sierra Leone – where freed slaves gathered on their return to Africa after the abolition of slavery; the historic Cutty Sark sailing ship in Greenwich; the Beatus Rhenanus bridge over the Rhine – a symbolic bridge between France and Germany which links the city of Strasbourg and the town of Kehl; and ‘Niki’, a Cathay Pacific DC-3 airplane on display in the Cathay Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong.

These new sites will join some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years – including the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls, the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas, Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland Paris, the Sydney Opera House, Burj al Arab, Christ the Redeemer statue, the London Eye and many others.

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