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Communities come together to ‘Green’ County Donegal for St. Patrick’s Day!

Donegal Tourism Ltd in association with Donegal County Council recently launched an initiative to help make ‘Donegal the Greenest County in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day 2015’ and have been encouraging the trade in Donegal to get involved in the greening of their local area. Whether it is the greening of an attraction, business premises, local beauty spot or church, all sorts of locations will be turned green this coming weekend!

Communities and businesses in Donegal have embraced the Wild Atlantic Way initiative from Fáilte Ireland and understand the potential benefits of showcasing County Donegal to the world and attracting visitors to this beautiful world class tourism destination. Greening of Donegal for St. Patrick’s Day is an excellent way to kick start the season and offers an excellent opportunity to show that Donegal is very much connected and that communities are ready and waiting to welcome visitors.

Old Church Visitor Centre An Grianan

Already confirmation has been received from a wide variety of locations across Donegal that they will be greening local attractions, businesses and other sites. The Old Church Visitor Centre and An Grianan Hotel are green, plans are underway to green Banba’s Crown at Malin Head, in Bundoran the Tourist Office, Kicking Donkey and lots of other locations will go green, the Radisson Hotel in Letterkenny, the Castle in Donegal and Magees Shop will go green. These are but examples of the many locations going green this weekend and full lists will be available in the coming days. 

Mr. Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Chairman of Donegal Tourism has been delighted with the response to the greening initiative 2015 saying that “interest in greening this year has been huge and local communities and businesses have really come together to work as teams to organise lighting, green gels and bulbs, generators and everything needed to go green. We are very proud of the effort that has gone into this initiative and look forward to seeing our ‘green’ county promoted extensively in the coming days, well done to everyone concerned”.

A plan is in place to promote the greening through a variety of Donegal Tourism Ltd and Donegal County Council websites, social channels and e-mail marketing campaigns. Groups and individuals that have organised the ‘greening’ of any location are asked to e-mail photos and details to greeningdonegal@gmail.com From there they will be circulated online. Local people and visitors are encouraged to take photos of greened locations and post them online using the hashtag #greeningdonegal

Greenings mean so much more than just the vast amount of worldwide publicity they receive, in particular via the web. Greenings are a symbol of the warm welcome that people from Donegal extend to the Diaspora and indeed to the world. Greening Donegal in line with other countries around the world showcases that County Donegal is open for business and extend a hand in friendship and respect to visitors.

Bundoran Tourist Office

You may have seen other famous buildings, landmarks and world heritage sites go green around the world such as the Taj Mahal in India, the Moulin Rouge in Paris and the Pyramids of Egypt to name but a few, all of which receive extensive media coverage online and offline to promote Ireland as a world class tourism destination. This year Donegal will be put firmly on the map when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day Greening thanks to this initiative! The benefits of which are far reaching and will positively impact on visitor numbers in the future.

Check out all of the greening Donegal locations on this new map from Donegal County Council then visit the locations, take some photos and share using ‪#‎greeningdonegal‬ and #GoGreen4PatricksDay‬.