Global Greening - some of Derry’s most famous landmarks changing colour for St Patrick’s Day

Some of Derry’s most prominent buildings are joining landmarks across the world in being floodlit green this week for St Patrick’s Day.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 4:44 pm

The project is part of the line-up for Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Spring Carnival celebrations.

It is part of a wider Global Greening project which began 11 years ago in Australia when the Sydney Opera House was illuminated.

The buildings being lit in the Council area are the Guildhall, Council Offices, St Eugene’s Cathedral, St Columb’s Cathedral, Ebrington Clock Tower, the Millennium Forum and the Airport.

City of Derry Airport floodlit in green to celebrate St Patrick's Day. (Photo by Patryk Sadowski)

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian Tierney, welcomed the initiative.

“The Global Greening movement gets bigger across the globe each year and I am delighted we are able to play out part in the City,” he said.

“It has been a successful initiative in marking St Patrick’s Day across the world and is particularly important this year as it can be done within the Covid 19 restrictions.

“I hope we get some dry nights this week so local people can get out and about to see the buildings lit up for themselves and take photographs.”

Some of the other buildings lighting up around the world are the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls, the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas, the London Eye, the Sky Tower in Auckland, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, the Cibeles Fountain in Madrid and many others.

For more information on all the highlights of this year’s Spring Carnival programme locally go to

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