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To mark 10 successful years of Global Greening and to celebrate this unique global campaign, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD joined Tourism Ireland earlier this month to launch its new book, called Ireland’s Greening of the World.

The book tells the story of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening since it began in 2010 and how it has since captured the imagination of people everywhere.


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The initiative, which see hundreds of iconic landmarks around the world light up green to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick, first began in Sydney – when the Sydney Opera House went green on 17 March 2010, on the 200th anniversary of an historic event celebrating Ireland, hosted by the then Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie.

The campaign has gone from strength to strength every year since then, with around 360 sites (or more) in at least 51 different countries set to take part for St Patrick’s 2019.


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Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening complements the Government’s Global Ireland strategy, which will see the initiative grow to 600 participating sites, by 2025.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD said: “Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening project is a powerful symbol of the impact of our Irish abroad and is an expression of our reach, our shared values and our ambition.

"The Global Greening project, like our diaspora, stretches across the world, to every continent, going beyond our historical connections into where we can now be found.

"As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Trade, I was proud to support the development of this initiative and I encouraged our public buildings to take part in ‘the greening’.  Today, as Taoiseach, I am proud to see that so many places in Ireland and around the world are involved in this project, contributing to its enormous success. Congratulations to everyone that has been associated with this project here at home and around the world.”


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Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “It is hard to believe that Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening is 10 years old. To mark the occasion, we have produced a special commemorative book, ‘Ireland’s Greening of the World’. We’re delighted the Taoiseach has agreed to launch it today.

“The success of our Global Greening is due in no small part to the great work that has been carried out across the world by Irish people and the Diaspora. In particular, the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Irish embassy network has been absolutely invaluable in broadening the reach of this project over the years.

"More than 70 million people around the world claim links to the island of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day is a truly unique opportunity to reconnect them with their heritage. We will distribute ‘Ireland’s Greening of the World’ through Tourism Ireland’s offices around the world and through the Irish embassy network.”

Ireland’s Greening of the World is available to buy in bookshops and online.

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Picture the scene: you're lying in bed, maybe you're hungover, maybe you're just cosy AF, and the craving for some delish crisps hits you. 

However, it's raining outside, or maybe the shop is far away, or maybe you just cant summon the strength to manoeuvre yourself any further from your bed than where the kettle is located. 

Well, being crisp-less in these great times of need is now a thing of the past (for a limited time, at least). 

Just Eat, Ireland's leading delivery app, have teamed up with Keogh's Farm to bring you potato crisps right to your door. 

From today, Monday 11th, for a limited time only, Just Eat customers in Dublin city can experience the unique flavour of real Irish shamrocks on this Paddy’s Day menu, with deliveries of Shamrock & Sour Cream Keogh's crisps. 

Crisp connoisseurs can also order classic flavours like salt & vinegar and cheese & onion. 

Just Eat will deliver Keogh’s Farm crisps and popcorn packs from 12pm to 10pm from Monday 11th March for a limited time only to the following areas in Dublin:

Arbour Hill






Donnybrook (Dublin)

Drumcondra (D9)

Dublin 1

Dublin 2

East Wall

Grand Canal Dock

Griffith Avenue




North Circular Road

North City Centre

North Strand



Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed doughnut turns green from Friday, March 15 to Monday, March 18. 

In celebration of our country's most beloved holiday, Krispy Kreme is going green by transforming its most iconic doughnut to the O'riginal Glazed.

The dough and glaze of the signature doughnut will be enhanced by a natural green colouring.

Krispy Kreme are inviting customers to come and watch the waterfall turn green in their Doughnut Theatre, and enjoy them HOT straight off the line.


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Krispy Kreme’s Green O’riginal Glazed Doughnut will be available all Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday, March 15 in the Blanchardstown Centre Krispy Kreme store and will retail for its normal price of €1.95 each or sharing box of 12 for €13.95.

Show your friends how you’re going green with Krispy Kreme’s O’riginal Glazed this St. Patrick’s Day using the hashtag #kkgoesgreen.

We couldn't think of a better (or more patriotic) treat to enjoy on Paddy's Day.



Hi, my name is Katie and I’m caught in a love triangle.

My loves are so different. One is unfailingly polite, usually wears plaid shirts, drinks maple syrup by the gallon and is a major hockey enthusiast. The other is a mischievous drunk, mad for a bit of craic, a lovable, musical rogue.

One is Canada and the other is Ireland.

Lemme explain – I was born in the mid-nineties to two Irish parents in Toronto, Canada.

My first memories are all Canada based- our first house, meeting my little sister for the first time, etc. When we made the move back to Meath I apparently had a little Canadian accent. Yeah, I was hella cute.

When I began to grow bored of the countryside, I would ask why in the name of god they left one of the most exciting, multicultural cities in the world and leave me in Meath of all places. Meath!

If ‘Being Irish’ and I were in a relationship on Facebook it would be ‘It’s complicated’.

I couldn’t wait to go back to mother-mapel land. So when my chance came to study abroad in third year I jumped at it, signing on for anywhere in Canada without a second thought.

I got University of Waterloo, a large engineering university in a medium sized city two hours outside of Toronto.

I learned a lot in that year, and barely any of it academic. I learned a lot about being Irish, or not as Irish as I thought I was.

There’s a certain amount of preconceptions that follow you as an Irish(ish) abroad. Let me give you a bit of a list:

Everyone expects you to be super Catholic. Yes of course I’m devotee, Susan, that’s why I’m chatting to you in a grimy nightclub, wearing a crop top and smuggling a hip flask.

They expect you to come from a thatched roof cottage surrounded by sheep. I once got asked if we have internet in Ireland. Yes, Brad, yes we do.

One that never fails to rail any Irish person up is when they assume we’re part of England.


Everyone expects you to be a walking encyclopaedia of Irish ancestry. I briefly considered carrying around Shamrock stickers with me to give to anyone calling themselves “Irish”

Awh your great-grandad’s second cousin’s wife’s dog was from Cork? That’s cute, Jeffery, here have a sticker.

And of course, the Irish reputation for drinking

No, Janet, it’s 10am on a Tuesday, I’m not drunk you uneducated buffoon.

Let’s just park it up here for a second and talk about our drinking reputation.

It proceeds us, it follows us, and frankly it makes a fool of us. I am all for a few pints and a bit of craic but being constantly reminded that we are a nation of ‘drunks’ really got to me.

In my experience, other nations (I’m looking at you Brits and Australians) are just as bad for the auld binge-drinking, we just happened to build our culture around it.

Literally, there’s at least one Irish pub in every city and big town in the world. I found it weird to be in a pub that called itself Irish and there being literally nothing Irish about it apart from a few Guinness signs and ‘Paddy’s’ put in front of every second menu item.  

I accepted my fate and got a job in an Irish bar. Not gonna lie, I played the accent up for tips. It felt weird, like I was putting on a show.

The non-Irishness of Irish bars pale in comparison to this specific drink. It’s called the Irish Car Bomb. It’s a Guinness with a shot of whiskey and Baileys.

I once clarified how offensive it was to me by likening it walking into a kebab shop and ordering an Isis Doner.

I found myself constantly explaining that Ireland isn’t all potatoes and starving peasants.

But that got me thinking. What exactly is Irishness? What do you get when you strip away the shamrocks, the pints and the “Pog Mo Thoin” t-shirts?

What does it actually mean to be Irish in 2018? It’s something that been defined and redefined constantly.

Emigration is something that has long been part of being Irish. There’s not one Irish family that doesn’t have cousins in Australia or an aunt in the U.S. Leaving and defining ourselves abroad is something that we’re used to- it’s been bet into our existence through centuries of poverty and oppression.

Since the early 2000's with the arrival of immigrants from Eastern Europe and elsewhere, along with a greater awareness of the world outside our tiny island, we suddenly had to look at ourselves and question the foundations that Ireland is built on.

And we should question it; question why our direct provision and immigration laws are so outdated in an increasingly globalized world, question why so many children are homeless, question why the Catholic church runs 90% of our primary schools.  

Question why I’m treated like a second class citizen in my own country. 

In Canada I can turn up at any clinic with my healthcare card and ask for a medical procedure that would get me jailed for 14 years in Ireland.

But it’s home, and I refuse to give up on it just yet. I’m proud to be Irish. I’m proud to see how far we’ve come for equality and acceptance in such a short space of time.

I’m proud of our rich culture and world-class literature. I just wish there could be more of an urge to grow as country, to accept our flaws and change them for the better.

Ireland’s not perfect, Canada’s not perfect. But I love them both.

Like I said, it’s complicated.


Soundness is one of the most esteemed and highly admired qualities for the Irish, and luckily some of our favourite restaurants are currently emulating that quality. 

In celebration of our national holiday tomorrow, the eateries of Ireland are looking out for us and sorting us out with some delicious chicken wings – all the more sustenance for drinking pints and frolicking, ya' know? 

With the big match happening tomorrow, you might be tempted to have a few at home with the crew to watch Ireland wallop England, so you'll need to order in. 

Deliveroo has teamed up with 14 restaurants across the country to give us a buy-1-get-1-free offer on chicken wings all day tomorrow. 

Excuse us while we drool. 

Wings are one of the most popular items ordered across Ireland, with thousands of Deliveroo customers chowing down on them during matches and games.

Here's a list of participating eateries if you're interested in sinking your teeth into this deal: 

  • Farmer Browns (Dublin)

  • Herbstreet (Dublin)

  • CrackBird (Dublin)

  • The Chili Shack (Dublin)

  • On The Pig’s Back (Dublin)

  • Real Gourmet Burger (Dublin)

  • Smokin Bones (Dublin)

  • Bubbacue (Belfast)

  • The Chili Shack (Galway)

  • Fat Freddys (Galway)

  • McGinn’s Hophouse (Galway)

  • Uncle Pete’s (Cork)

  • Koto (Cork)

  • Aroi (Limerick)



St Patrick's Day is a sacred tradition for Irish folk, and luckily it's celebrated globally. 

However, there's nothing quite like the nostalgia and authenticity of an Irish Paddy's Day parade.

If you're living abroad or will be on your holiday's this Saturday, but can't stand the thought of missing out on the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade, you're in luck. 


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This year, RTE Player is streaming the festival online, so you can watch wherever you are, as long as you have 4G or a Wifi connection. 

Presented by Aidan Power, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh and Des Cahill, the St. Patrick's Day parade will be broadcast to the masses, even if you don't have access to RTE1 or 2.

Kicking off at 2.15pm Irish time, the live stream will allow those of us away from home to feel the patriotism.


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This year Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham will lead the parade as Grand Marshall.

The parade theme is 'Home Is Where the Heart Is,' so the live stream could not be nay more fitting for those who have emigrated.  

You can catch it here tomorrow. 



We're sad to say that snow might be on the horizon for this year's St Patrick's Say festivities. 

A status Yellow weather warning is currently in place for Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan was snow showers loom.

The warning will be active from now until midnight on Sunday. 

'Advance warning for cold weather this weekend with low-temperatures, snow-showers, snow-accumulation mainly Saturday night and Sunday,' reads Met Eireann's description of the impending weather. 

Temperatures as low as -4C are expected around Dublin.

While the snow may cause transport issues for many, hopefully we don't see a repeat of the Beast from the East. 


So, Paddy's Day 2018 is almost upon us, and if you're anything like us, you've yet to to put a single plan in place. 

Sure, you could head into town to watch the parade, or drop into the local for a few casual pints, but with so many unique events happening across the country, it's high time we shake things up a bit. 

From beer festivals to film screenings, here's your guide to best alternative events taking place across the country this weekend. 


Hip Hop meets Brunch – Saturday, March 17. 

Celebrate out national holiday an incredible afternoon of the freshest Hip Hop and Grime tracks and the tastiest food at Odeon, Harcourt Street. From new skool to old skool and everything in between. 

Tickets include – brunch, bottomless Mimosas (12:00 – 13:30), music and games. 

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, they're showing the match too. 

For more information and to reserve a table, click here

Irish Craft Beer and Spirits Festival – Sunday, March 18. 

Following the hugely successful Gin Fair in August, House Dublin are hosting its very first Irish Craft Beer and Spirit Festival. 

Event organisers promise that whether you are a Craft beer Connoisseur or it is your first time tasting Whiskey or Gin, you need not worry as you will be joined by brewers, distillers, and all-round enthusiasts as they show you what separates us from the rest of the world when it comes to craft beer and spirits 

There'll also be live music and spot prizes for a few lucky customers. 

Check out the event page for more information. 


Mark McCabe at The Library – Saturday, March 17. 

Anyone who grew up in Ireland during the early 00s will have a soft spot for this one. 

Best known for his hit Maniac 2000, Mark McCabe takes to the decks for what is sure to be an incredible show. 

Tickets are priced at just €9.56 and are available here


Patrick's Hill Ball Run – Sunday, March 18. 

Over 10000 multi-coloured balls cascade down Patrick's Hill as a novelty fund raiser for the Cork Lions City Centre Defibrillator Project. 

The first six balls to make it down are winners! 

For more information, or to enter the draw, click here

The Young Offenders Screening – Saturday, March 17. 

Relive the magic and charm of the cult Irish comedy with a two or three course meal followed by an exclusive screening in The Cameo Cinema at 9pm. 

For more information click here


St Patrick's Shorts

Galway City Gallery in association with Galway St Patrick's Festival will be screening a programme of Irish Short Films as part of St. Patrick's Festival 2018.

The full line-up is yet to be announced, but you can keep an eye on the event page for more information. 




The entire country is out celebrating our national saint's day, and Ryanair is marking the occasion with a special sale. 

Booking flights away is never a bad idea, especially when they're going for as low as €9.99

Flights to Valencia, Brussels, London, Edinburgh and Barcelona are all included in the sale, which covers dates from March through to April. 

Other locations include Newcastle, Malaga, Paris, Amsterdam and Milan.

You'll need to move quickly though, because the sale is for this weekend only.

Flights start at €9.99, with the majority of the uber-cheap seats being in the thirty to forty quid range. Bargain.  

The most expensive flight in the sale is a € 91.99 to Marrakech, Morocco, which is an amazing deal. 

We're booking a weekend break as we speak… 



Whether you've been away for years, months or days, one of the things you'll surely miss about Ireland is the Paddy's Day parade.

The craic is mighty and the team behind it always seem to step it up a notch year after year.

So, if you fancy watching the Dublin parade tomorrow, all you need to do is head on to the RTÉ Player.

RTÉ Player International will allow you to stream the festivities from anywhere in the world live from the capital city from 12.15pm Irish time.

The theme for this year is 'Ireland You Are' and Des Cahill, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and Aidan Power will be taking to the streets of Dublin to host the event.



Now that we're finally in the mood to be celebrating Paddy's Day (the countdown is on in work), it looks like ASOS is giving us a little treat.

To celebrate all things Irish, the online store is giving its customers 20 per cent off if you use the code PATS20.

And we have a few top picks of what you can use that discount on:

Miss Selfridge Lace Panel Cami Dress – €73.33
With discount – €58.66



ASOS Gingham Shirt With Tie Front – €45.33
With discount – €36.26



ASOS Midi Skirt in Deconstructed Jersey – €33.33
With discount – €26.66



New Look Khaki Skinny Jean – €33.32
With discount – €26.66



ASOS Jumper With Frill Sleeve And Open Back – €40.00
With discount – €32




If you're not interested in getting locked this Friday, you may feel like you have no options when it comes to fun things to do on Paddy's Day.

However, we've thought of quite a few options for the teetotallers who walk among us. 

10. An online shopping spree


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Black Friday and New Years are usually when the sales commence, but one online store is doing n offer for Saint Patrick's Day.

ASOS is offering customers 20 per cent off for the day that's in it, with the code PATS20.

9. The Secret Session, 1618 March, the RDS 

A true celebration of everything Irish, this indoor festivity is set to be a good one.

Live Bands, DJ’s, rugby on the big screens, and Irish dancing lessons are all to be expected, as well as oversized Jenga, Connect-Four, and ring toss. 

8. Netflix binge


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Netflix is getting all patriotic, and hopes to everything that is Irish by promoting  great Irish films and flicks with Irish actors in them. 

Brooklyn, The Young Offenders, Bloody Sunday and Sing Street are all available on Netflix, along with many more. 

7. Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, 1719 March, Howth Village

The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival is the ultimate foodie experience offering delicious food and live cooking demos, street entertainment and demonstrations by local fishermen all in the heart of the idyllic village of Howth.

It's not just the food that's set to draw crowds, the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival is also famous for music & entertainment, walks, talks and seaside antics. 

6. Outdoor Adventuring 


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While most people will flock in to town for some frenzied festivities, a nice walk along the beach or a picnic in the park can be just as merry. 

Grab the kids, the other half or the dog and set out on a bright and blustery Paddy's Day adventure. 

Alternatively if you're a fan of organised fun, book in to an adventure centre for some canoeing or rock climbing. 

5. The Spirit of Dublin Craft and Food Fair, March 18, Teeling Whiskey Distillery


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While this festival may be at a whiskey distillery, we're going to this one for the amazing food alone. 

Exhibitors will include Dublin Doughnut Company, Dot Brew, Popsy Daisy Popcorn, The Cupcake Bloke, Currabinny, Bean and Goose, Hope Brewery, Improper Butter and Delish Melish, so wear your (green) eating pants. 

4. Settle in with the Late Late Show St.Patrick's Day Edition


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On a weird and wonderful edition of the Late Late Show, Saint Patrick's Day's show will see a host of celebs get their DNA tested. 

Broadcaster Maura Derrane, soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy, comedian Jason Byrne and politician Michael Healy-Rae gamely agreed to have their DNA tested to determine their ancestry.

Football legend Paul McGrath will also join Ryan Tubridy in studio to assess the Republic of Ireland’s chances in the crucial upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Wales. 

3. Bake some patriotic AF goods

From shamrock cookies to anything drenched in green food dye, if you don't want to leave the house this Friday, then baking is a fun and functional way to spend the day. 

Plus, you will be considered a complete legend by you drunk housemates when they stumble home to find a series of delectable baked goods awaiting them. 

2. Bernard Shaw Graffiti Jam, March 19, The Bernard Shaw


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Looking for something a bit edgier?

Check out Dublin’s underground sights and sounds at the Bernard Shaw, with the return of the Eatyard Food Market.

There will be a range of festivities to celebrate Irish street culture, along with the Shaw's usual flea market. 

1. St Patricks Day Parade


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While there may be many annoying drunk people around, attending your local Saint Patrick's Day parade is a right of passage for anyone in the country on the day.

So get there early, drag your mates along, and applaud and watch the floats as they go by.