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Keeping Ireland in Your Heart

This year, against the ongoing backdrop of COVID-19, Tourism Ireland’s St Patrick’s Day programme around the world is more important than ever before. During this challenging time, it’s important to mark St Patrick’s Day and to keep Ireland in people’s hearts and minds. 

Now in its twelfth year, the Global Greening initiative takes place once again, with hundreds of iconic landmarks and sites lighting up in green to mark our national day. The aim of 2021’s greening is to bring positivity and hope to the 70+ million people around the world who claim links to the island of Ireland. Along with many annual greening participants like Sydney Opera House, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Niagara Falls, 2021 will also feature greenings from The Palm Fountain in Dubai; the tallest building in South America, the Torre Costanera in Chile; and Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, California.

Nelson's Column lit up for the Global Greening


At a time when Irish people overseas cannot travel home, the Global Greening gives Ireland’s diaspora a sense of connection and reminds them that Ireland is ready to welcome them back, as soon as it is possible to do so.

Tourism Ireland is deeply grateful to the Irish embassy network, the Irish diaspora and supporters of Ireland across the world who, despite the current unprecedented challenges, are marking St Patrick’s Day and dreaming of Ireland today.

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St Patrick’s Day @ Home Live

A live broadcast from three of Ireland's best-loved pubs, enjoy a festival of music and Irish dancing with some special guests, all from the comfort of your living room this St Patrick’s Day.

Also included in 2021’s Global Greening is the initiative’s most northerly location to date, Arctic Norway. Dr. Harald Sunde, a Norwegian doctor with links to Ireland, works in a northern Norwegian town almost 400km above the Arctic Circle. Sunde skied to the summit of a local mountain to ‘green’ a snow-covered mailbox and post a St Patrick’s Day greeting to the Irish Embassy.