11 Mar 2021
The international film star lends his voice to Tourism Ireland film celebrating the greenest day of the year
Liam Neeson is wishing the world a Happy St. Patrick’s Day for a new Tourism Ireland campaign. as the world prepares to once again go green on 17 March.
Liam’s poetic message pays tribute to the testament of the Irish spirit that has spread around the globe and into the hearts of millions who celebrate Ireland’s national day. The 60 second film interweaves footage of stunning destinations around the island of Ireland with images of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, an annual event where hundreds of iconic landmarks and sites from Brussels to Buenos Aires and from Sydney to San Francisco light up in green – Ireland’s national colour.
The film features some of the global landmarks, statues and even people who go green to mark St. Patrick’s Day, and takes a look back at the legendary celebrations that have taken place on the island of Ireland, including the iconic St Patrick’s Festival parade in Dublin.
Beautiful locations from around the island of Ireland in the film include the picturesque town of Dingle in County Kerry, the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge and Dunluce Castle in Country Antrim, Derryclare Lough, Connemara in County Galway, the 5000 year-old Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath and Titanic Belfast.
Although St Patrick’s Day public celebrations and parades will not take place this year, communities around the globe will be connected as the world turns green for Tourism Ireland’s 12th annual Global Greening.
Liam Neeson said: “This year, more than ever, seeing the world turn green for St Patrick’s Day will help to bring positivity and hope to millions on 17 March. I’m delighted to work with Tourism Ireland on this film which will act as a reminder of the beautiful island that awaits when it is safe to travel again.”
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are extremely grateful to Liam Neeson for his generosity in agreeing to help us wish the world a Happy St Patrick’s Day. Our new St Patrick’s Day online film will be seen by our fans and followers on social media around the world – allowing us to mark St Patrick’s Day and to keep the island of Ireland to the fore in a positive light, on the day when people everywhere are thinking about Ireland. This year, in particular, we aim to bring some positivity and hope to our Diaspora across the globe. At a time when Irish people overseas cannot travel home, we want to give our Diaspora a sense of connection with home and remind them that we cannot wait to welcome them back, as soon as it is possible to do so.”
Last year, around 430 iconic landmarks and sites in 59 countries around the world were illuminated in green – including the Burj al Arab in Dubai, Niagara Falls, Sydney’s Opera House, the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas, the Chain Bridge in Budapest and many others.
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