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Ennis landmarks to turn green for St Patrick’s Day

aras contaeClare County Council’s Corporate Headquarters building, Áras Contae an Chláir and the O’Connell Monument in Ennis will be illuminated in green light in the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.

The well-known Ennis landmarks will be joining the Niagara Falls, London Eye, Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Colosseum in Rome, Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland Paris and dozens of other iconic sites around the world as part of Tourism Ireland’s annual ‘global greening’ initiative.

Clare County Council is also encouraging businesses and building owners, particularly of high profile well known buildings around the County, to support the initiative by turning their properties green for Ireland’s national holiday.

Welcoming the decision to illuminate some of the town’s best-known landmarks in the days leading up St Patrick’s Day, Mayor of Ennis Cllr Johnny Flynn said: “Famous buildings and locations all over the world will be lit up as part of Tourism Ireland’s drive to grow overseas tourism to Ireland. I am delighted Ennis is participating in this initiative and in illuminating the O’Connell Monument and Áras Contae an Chláir. The Clare capital and the people of the County will also be able to showcase their national pride to the world.”

Meanwhile, St. Patrick’s Day 2015 in Ennis promises to be a major celebration this year with large crowds expected on the streets of the county capital.  The centre piece of the day’s festivities will be the annual parade, the theme of which is “Celebrating Our Community”.  The Parade commences at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, 17 March.

Special traffic management arrangements will be in place involving road/street closures, restricted access to the parade route and traffic diversions.

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