The leaning Tower of Pisa turns green

The Tower of Pisa, in Italy, is just one of the tourist attraction around the world that will go green for a “global greening” to mark St. Patrick’s Day, this Saturday, 17th March.

Last month the Ministry for Finance announced that Niagara Falls, the London Eye, Burj al Arab in Dubai, and Table Mountain in South Africa would be turning green for St. Patrick’s Day. Since then San Francisco's Coit Tower and City Hall, Selfridges department store in London, the Cibeles fountain in Madrid, an entire town on the Costa Blanca in Spain, Moraira, Vienna's Burgtheater, and the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw have come on board. Brussels Town Hall, the Glasgow Eye and the Clyde Auditorium - affectionately known as "the Armadillo" in Glasgow - will also turn green.

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“Our job is to build on this fantastic occasion by encouraging them to visit Ireland," said Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar. “We want to give them the green light to visit - literally.

"Traditionally, St Patrick's Day has signaled the start of the tourism season in Ireland and this initiative will significantly raise Ireland's profile."

Chief executive of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons said the displays will bring a smile to the faces of people around the globe.