Michael Howard, originally from Granard, joined the St Patrick's Day ‘greening’ fun, when he and his friends took part in the first ever ‘greened’ Irish-Finnish fishing championship.
Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick, is a key initiative in the organisation’s promotional drive to grow overseas tourism in 2017.
The annual initiative sees a host of major landmarks around the world turn green for St Patrick’s Day, and dressed as 'St Patrick', Michael Howard was present as the Irish fishermen got ready to take part in the first ever Irish-Finnish ice fishing championship on Lake Näsijärvi in the Tampere region, Finland. The Siilinkari lighthouse and Näsinneula observation tower provided the green backdrop.
Michael was joined by Jeff McCarthy (from Clara, Co Offaly); Michael Long (from Piltown, Co Kilkenny); Oliver Hussey (from Dunmore, Co Galway); James Lenihan (from Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare); Ivan Kenny (from Raheny, Dublin 5) and Conor Lennon (from Ardmore, Co Waterford).
2017 marks the eighth consecutive year of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative. New buildings and sites taking part this year include One World Trade Center in New York (the main building of the re-built World Trade Center complex in New York and the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere), the beautiful Petit Palais on the Champs-Élysées in Paris and the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc in Barcelona.