FOR THE first time ever Nicosia has taken part in global celebrations to mark St Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s national day on Tuesday by lighting up the capital’s town hall with green lighting on Monday evening.
The lights will remain on for three nights, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in line with the growing trend for global monuments to be ‘greened up’ for the annual celebrations. The event is referred to as the ‘global greening, as Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle.
The lighting ceremony last night was co-hosted by Irish ambassador Nicholas Twist and Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis.
“In recent years, landmarks and monuments throughout the world have been floodlit in Green. From the Eiffel Tower to the Colosseum, from the Pyramids to The Great Wall of China, from the Empire State Building New York to the Sydney Opera House – the whole world is ‘greened’ and Irish for a day,” Twist said in his address.
“I am delighted that Nicosia is joining this happy family.”
The ambassador thanked the mayor for the municipality’s support and “their enthusiastic response to my suggestion that we mark St. Patrick’s Day by ‘greening’ the Town Hall”, he added.