Dublin Airport will see almost 400,000 passengers pass through arrivals and departures over the next few days of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Those arriving since Tuesday will have noticed a green tinge to the airport which, for once, isn’t caused by Michael O’ Leary doing his Incredible Hulk impersonation.
It’s all part of the Global Greening initiative by Tourism Ireland which sees a host of landmarks all over the world go green to celebrate our national day.
One World Trade Centre in New York, City Hall and Heron Tower in London, Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona and Cloth Hall in Ypres join Global Greening for the first time.
The annual initiative, which began in 2010 has grown from strength to strength, with lots of new landmarks signing up to take part this year.
Dublin Airport passengers will also be able to enjoy musical entertainment tomorrow with singing from Portmarnock Community School students and Dublin Airport staff in Terminals 1 and 2 to raise funds for Dublin Airport Authorities three charity partners – Merchant’s Quay Ireland, MS Ireland and My Canine Companion for Autism.
Both terminals feature festive decorations and the ‘greening’ of prominent buildings, including Terminals 1, 2 and the original 1940s terminal building.
“Once again, Dublin Airport is participating in the Global Greening,” said DAA spokesperson Siobhán O’Donnell. “This is our fourth year to green the airport and we’re lighting up more locations around the airport campus to bring the St Patrick’s Day Festival to life.”
“This is also a big sporting week and 15 flights have been added to the schedule for the thousands of punters travelling to and from the Cheltenham and we also look forward to welcoming rugby fans arriving for the Ireland-England Six Nations match on Saturday.”
Other famous buildings taking part in the initiative this year include City Hall in London, Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona, and even a rhino statue in Nairobi National Park. The famous red carpet in Cannes (le tapis rouge lumineux) will also become the ‘green carpet’ on March 17th.
The new sites will join some old favourites which have gone green on St. Patrick’s Day in previous years including:
The London Eye
Nelson’s Column in London
Selfridges department store in London
The Colosseum in Rome
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Burj al Arab in Dubai
The Roue de Paris
The ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas
The Empire State Building in New York
The Sky Tower in New Zealand
The Great Wall of China
Chicago is also going all out to celebrate St Patrick and Ireland once again this year, with numerous buildings and sites across the city set to light up green – including Navy Pier, the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, the Civic Opera House, One Prudential Plaza and Chicago Gaelic Park.
Full list of sites taking part in the Tourism Ireland Global Greening for 1st time:
One World Trade Center, New York
City Hall in London
Heron Tower in London
Plaça de Catalunya and the fountains on Gran Via in Barcelona
Pozzo di San Patrizio (St Patrick’s Well) in Orvieto
The four principal monuments in the town of Cosenza (Calabria)
City Hall in Antwerp (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
The Cloth Hall in Ypres, Matsue Castle in Japan
Gwangandaegyo (Diamond Bridge) in South Korea
A rhino statue in Nairobi National Park
Ethiopian Airlines airplane in Addis Ababa
The famous red carpet in Cannes (le tapis rouge lumineux)