Greening the City 15/03/2018

Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest religious celebrations around the world. On March 17 Irish people go to the streets in honour of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. However, there are not just Irish people celebrating this worldwide.

On Thursday 18 of March in Dublin , the venues and spaces across the city illuminate green for the Festival.  After 5 pm when the sun is going down it is nice to take a stroll through Dublin’s fair city to check out these iconic buildings in green!

Every year the Office of Public Works (OPW) chooses buildings that will turn green for the celebration. There are some pictures below of the main places that go green in Dublin. 

Custom House - “No view of Dublin's skyline is complete without a tableau of the Custom House, one of Dublin's finest Georgian buildings. Designed by James Gandon and completed in 1791, it is beautifully proportioned, with a long classical façade of graceful pavilions, arcades, columns; a central dome topped by a 16 foot- statue of Commerce; and 14 keystones over the doors and windows, known as the Riverine Heads because they respect the Atlantic Ocean and the 13 principal rivers of Ireland. Although burned to a shell in 1921, this building has been masterfully restored and its bright Portland stone recently cleaned.”


Trinity College Dublin – “Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth. Among many famous students to attend the college were playwrights Oliver Goldsmith and Samuel Beckett. Trinity's lawns and cobbled quads provide a pleasant haven in the heart of the city. The major attractions are the Old Library and the Book of Kells, housed in the Old Library.”


Around the world many cities go green too!

Around the world, many cities light up the main monuments green celebrating and supporting the Irish festival. In the USA it is one of the leading countries that celebrates the Irish day because of the enormous number of people that emigrated to there. For example, the earliest Saint Patricks parade in the USA was held in the 1760s in New York City by Irishmen that has served there in the British army.

Saint Patrick's Day celebration, Union ArmyIrish Brigade holds a steeplechase race, 17 March 1863.


From its earliest days, right up to the present, the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been run entirely by volunteers, many of whom come from generations of families dedicated to the organisation of the parade.

The festivity concentrates on Irish themed parties around the USA, with drinks and food. Also people get into the spirit by dressing in green clothing and eating green coloured food. It is an astonishing green period.

                     Empire State New Your City 2017


Another example of the power of this celebration is the Saint Patrick's Day parade in Central America. In the Caribbean,  there is an island named Montserrat. Irish people colonised the island in the 17th century. Nowadays the Irish culture is still active, and there are one of the three places around the world where Saint Patrick’s is a public holiday. On this tiny island, known as “Emerald Island of the Caribbean" people celebrate the foremost patron saint of Ireland with a festival with parade, music and dressing up.

Montserrat Island - Saint Patricks Festival 


Among the many other locations where St. Paddy’s Day now is observed, the Canadian city of Montreal is the site of a massive annual parade that’s been held continuously since 1824.

Nowadays two of the Canadians provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador declared Saint Patrick's day as a public holiday. However, in Toronto, they light up in green the CN Tower that is the world's 9th tallest free-standing structure.



CN Tower – Toronto Canada

Among other places around the world that celebrate the Saint Patrick Festival. In Oslo, Norway there’s been a parade since 2000 while Japan and New Zealand since 1992 and 1995. However, if would you like to live an Irish experience and visit Ireland, you can book a holiday accommodation with

Written by: Monica Cardoso from StayPlanet 






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