Spire of Dublin goes green to mark International Year of Light in Ireland

27 March 2015

The landmark Spire of Dublin was lit up green in the city on 13 March in celebration of the launch of the International Year of Light in the Republic of Ireland and to mark the opening of the St Patrick’s Festival the following day.

Spire of Dublin goes green to mark International Year of Light in Ireland

This was the first time that the 398ft (121.2m) monument had been lit up in green and the illumination was achieved using the latest in light technology by the St Patrick’s Festival in collaboration with the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015 (IYOL 2015). The Spire also streamed a twitter feed displaying tweets with the dedicated #LightIRL over the course of the four-day festival.

The Grand Marshal of the 2015 St Patrick’s Festival Parade, Brendan O’Carroll, oversaw the proceedings and pushed the button to light the Spire of Dublin green at 7:15pm. He was joined by Susan Kirby, chief executive officer of St Patrick’s Festival, IOP fellow Prof. Martin Leahy, chair of the Irish National Committee for IYOL in Ireland, and Prof. John Sheridan, of the National Committee for IYOL in Ireland.

Prof. Leahy said: “This global project seeks to raise awareness of how optical technologies can promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health. It is gratifying to see one of Ireland’s best-loved landmarks lit up in celebration of such an important initiative. I would like to commend those involved and to thank our supporters, EU LIGHT2015, Philips Worldwide, Dublin City Council and NUI Galway. We have been approached by light artists with many great ideas to highlight LIGHT2015 and are seeking sponsorship.”

Kirby commented: “On the eve of our national celebrations, the atmosphere and energy around the city is palpable. We are delighted to partner with UNESCO International Year of Light and tonight’s illumination of such an iconic landmark is a fitting way to begin our four-day festival.”

At the start of this year, a number of light-based activities to see in IYOL 2015 were offered by the IOP in Ireland at an exhibition space at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin on 7-10 January.

More information about events and activities in the Republic of Ireland for IYOL 2015 is available here.