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17th Mar 2017

A total of 278 landmarks in 44 countries: the day the world turned green

Gillian Fitzpatrick

Tourism Ireland’s AMAZING – not to mention largest ever – Global Greening initiative took place across the world today.

With some 278 iconic landmarks and sites in 44 countries around the world going green, people have certainly been celebrating all things St Patrick.

The initiative, which promotes the island of Ireland and our patron saint, first began in 2010 in Sydney and in Auckland… and has gone from strength to strength each year since then.

The London Eye, Niagara Falls and the Colosseum – as well as the more unusual likes of two rhino statues in Nairobi National Park – are just some of the famous international sites big and small that turned a shade of green today.

Tourism Ireland said today: “Our St Patrick’s programme spans Great Britain, mainland Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as emerging tourism markets like China, Brazil and the Middle East.

“We are using every opportunity to capitalise on Ireland’s heightened profile this week.”

Here is a look at some of those incredible scenes from today…