SYDNEY Opera House is a notable absentee this year, but there are enough prominent Australian buildings going green on St Patrick’s Day to make a lot of people think about Ireland anyway.
In Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks, The Star entertainment centre, Town Hall, NSW State Library and Luna Park will all be bathed in green light on March 17.
The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne is also going green, as is the National Film and Sound Archive.
In the west, Perth’s Bell Tower and Council House building are both turning green on the day.
Tourism Ireland’s Sydney office is also planning a consumer promotion at Pitt Street Mall on St Patrick’s Day from 12.45 to 3pm to engage locals and tourists alike in a vibrant mix of Irish culture through dance and music.
Going green on March 17 is a global initiative. Other significant participants include the London Eye, Town Hall Clock in Manchester, the Manneken Pis statue in Brussels, Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris, Berlin’s Lighthouse building, the Colosseum in Rome, Fenway Park Baseball Stadium in Boston, Toronto City Hall, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and many more.