Hi everyone. So only one week to go until St. Patrick’s Day! One of the things I love most about our national holiday is the coming together of people from all over the world to celebrate our love of Ireland. It seems that the whole world goes green for St. Patrick’s Day so lets take a quick trip around the globe and visit some famous landmarks all decked out in green for the big day.
1.The Empire State Building NYC
So first we’re off to the Big Apple and the iconic Empire State Building. Although St. Patrick’s Day was originally a Catholic holiday and only celebrated in Ireland as a Feast Day, it was Irish immigrants who started the first Sparade in NYC in the 1700s.
2.The Chicago River
Staying stateside, we’re off to the Windy City. Since 1962, Chicago has been turning it’s river green for St. Patrick’s Day. The operation involves 8 workers. 4 of them get into the boat and add the dye to the river, closely followed by the other 4 who swirl it around and hey presto! You’ve got a green river for 6-10 hours!
3. Sacre Coeur. Paris, France
Time to head across the Atlantic Ocean now to Europe. First stop Paris and the stunning Sacre Coeur Basilica. Contsruction negan on this incredible church in 1895 and was completed in 1914. It commands stunning views of Paris from the top of Montmartre hill. It is the second highest point in the city after the famous Eiffel Tower. Joyeuse St. Patrick!
4. TV Tower, Berlin
Next we’re off to Berlin and the dizzying heights of the TV Tower. Standing at 368 metres, it offers 360 degree views of the city below and beyond. It is also the highest building in Europe open to the public. Glucklicher St.Patrick Tag!
5. Tower of Pisa
Our final stop on our European tour is the magnificent leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. Construction began in 1173 and continued for some 200 years due to various wars. It was designed to stand vertically but started to lean during construction. It consists of 207 columns arranged around 8 stories and boasts some 251 steps! St.Felice. Giorno Patricks!
6. Sydney Opera House
Over 2 million citizens identify as having Irish connections in Australia, so before we head home, we must pay a visit to our cousins down under and the majestic Sydney Opera house looking magnificent in green.
And so back to Ireland and Dublin city. I’ll leave you with this picture of The Custom House, which is just across the river from The Irish Store offices. I think you’ll agree it’s looking pretty festive!
Well that’s all from me for this week. I’ll be back next week to wish you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day ! Wherever in the world you are and whatever you’re doing, have an absolute blast!
Slán go fóill!