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St Patrick’s Day | Bruton Switches On The Green lights at Niagara Falls

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton switched the green lights on Niagara Falls last week, as part of this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Canada.

Minister Bruton was in the country as part of a “Promote Ireland” programme centred around St Patrick’s Day – helping to generate tourism to the Emerald Isle. The famous falls are just one of hundreds of landmarks and iconic sites around the world which are set to light up green this week. This is part of Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative to celebrate St Patrick and Ireland.

“We are delighted that Minister Bruton is in Canada, to help us deliver the message about the many great reasons to visit Ireland and also to switch the green lights on Niagara Falls,” said Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada in a statement.

Minister Richard Bruton (right) turning on the green lights at Niagara Falls; also pictured are (from left) Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland; Sandie Bellows, Niagara Parks; and HE Jim Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada.

“Our Global Greening initiative has gone from strength to strength. Numerous sites and buildings here in Canada are taking part this year – including the CN Tower in Toronto, a polar bear habitat in the town of Cochrane and the Sails of Light at Canada Place in Vancouver.”

“St Patrick’s Day traditionally marks the real start of the tourism season for us. Our aim is to bring a smile to the faces of Canadians and people around the world over the coming week. We also want to convey the message that Ireland offers the warmest of welcomes and great fun, as well as fantastic scenery and cultural activities.”

Tourism Ireland has an extensive programme of promotional activity under way in Canada this spring. This includes an online advertising campaign – with Tourism Ireland’s new ‘Fill Your Heart with Ireland’ video and ads running on sites like CBC, Discovery Channel and The Weather Network.

The campaign also includes a partnership with BBC. Articles about Ireland’s craft and culinary scene, as well as the ancestry connections between Ireland and Canada, will run on the BBC’s Canadian website.

Campaigns with all of the airlines that fly to Ireland from Canadian gateways, as well as with leading Canadian tour operators, are also under way. These campaigns are focused on driving business outside the high season months.

Meanwhile, for information about celebrations happening across Ireland to celebrate March 17, see here for Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival and here for Armagh’s Home of St Patrick Festival.

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