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Table Mountain Joins "Global Greening"
Line up for Saint Patrick's Day 2014
For the fourth consecutive year Table Mountain will join the ever-expanding line up of global icons to be ‘greened’ for Ireland’s National Day, St Patrick’s Day, on 17th March.
Since Tourism Ireland introduced its ‘global greening’ initiative in 2009, starting off with the Sydney Opera House, it has signed up a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world. Sites include the Pyramids of Giza, Petra in Jordan, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and the London Eye…to name but a few.
In a great gesture of friendship from the respective governments, these sites are happily and enthusiastically turned green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the millions of Irish diaspora scattered around the world.
Ireland is the one of very few countries whose National Day is celebrated worldwide. This is due mainly to the number of people around the world who claim Irish descent, particularly in the USA and Australia. The Irish are also associated with pubs, humour and merrymaking which every nation can relate to.
Referring to the greening of Table Mountain, Gail Gilbert of Tourism Ireland points out that Ireland has always been close to the hearts of South Africans. “Nelson Mandela received the Freedom of the City of Dublin, an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Galway…all gestures of solidarity and support for his ideals.” she says.
Gail also said that the South African government is very aware of the phenomenal work of Irish charities to uplift the lives of thousands of South Africans in various sectors of the community. These include the Niall Mellon Township Trust, Nazareth House and the Salesian Brothers.
Some of the celebrations happening around St Patrick’s Day in South Africa this weekend include a parade of bands and dancers through the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town to perform at the Amphitheatre followed by Irish band Shanty. In Gauteng, Montecasino has a 4-day Irish Festival from Friday 14th – Monday 17th March which includes live comedy, Irish dancing and an Irish band. The Emperor’s Palace Festival is from 14th -16th March with a line up that includes Barry Hilton, the Blarney Brothers, Tony D. King, the Danny Boys etc. The Brazen Head Irish pubs and the Keg pub chain are also doing their thing for St Patrick’s Day with music, dancers , pipers and prizes.
Issued by: Tourism Ireland SA
Contact: Helen Fraser
Tel: 011 463 1132
Facebook Page: TourismIrelandSA : Twitter Handle: @gotoirelandSA
NOTES TO EDITOR
About Tourism Ireland
- Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
- Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
- In 2012, an estimated 7.27 million overseas visitors came to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €3.51 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
- Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, currently rolling out in 11 different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.