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 March 14, 2014
Seven Iconic Sites in Canada 'Go Green' for Tourism Ireland's Global Greening

 Communities across Canada will be glowing forty shades of green this weekend as seven of the country's famous sites and buildings "go green" in celebration of St Patrick's Day and Tourism Ireland's Global Greening.

For the first time in history, skiers and snowboarders in Whistler will be surrounded by shimmering emerald lights as the great stone Inuksuk and Town Plaza are among the famous corners of the Olympic resort "going green"; Newfoundland & Labrador's Cabot Tower atop Signal Hill National Historic Site will also be "greened" -- next stop is Ireland from its iconic perch!

Also joining the Global Greening for the first time is the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg - it will light its 'Tower of Hope' green on March 17th; and the great city of Montreal has embraced the Global Greening this year, with the Hotel de Ville de Montréal making its "greening" debut.

Returning to the "greening" party in 2014, Toronto City Hall will turn its lights green, saluting the 250,000 Irish-Canadians which call the city home; the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa will also be back again with its "Green Lantern" on St Patrick's Day; and Niagara Falls, the first site go green in Canada in 2012, will illuminate its wild waters green once again, on this very special day, where everyone is Irish.

The Global Greening is an annual initiative co-ordinated by Tourism Ireland in celebration of St Patrick's Day. The campaign sees a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world turn green for St Patrick's Day. Over 70 global sites will come together with the Canadian greenings to create a global spectacle, saluting Ireland, its culture, its history and the 70+ million Irish diaspora living around the world.

Other famous places turning green in 2014 include the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza, Sydney Opera House, the London Eye, the city of Chicago, Table Mountain, the Empire State Building, Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, plus many, many more.

Speaking about the St Patrick's Day greenings and celebrations Jayne Shackleford, Manager of Tourism Ireland Canada said, "We're delighted to welcome so many Canadian sites participating in the "Global Greening" this year. It is a wonderful example of the ever strengthening bonds that exist between the island of Ireland and Canada and the communities which share Ireland's spirit of collaboration, celebration and admiration."

Tourism Ireland is also inviting the entire world to "Go Green" by sharing images of how they have "greened" themselves to celebrate on March 17th -- use the hashtag #GoGreen4StPatricks to join the fun!

www.ireland.com

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