To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Bruges City Council have decided that the Burg Square in Bruges, one of Belgium’s two Medieval squares, will be lit in green for the first time ever. This historic greening is part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening Initiative, in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland to the Kingdom of Belgium.
The Burg Square was already inhabited in the 2nd century AD, and in the 9th century it became the home of the Count of Flanders. Bruges and the surrounding territory were governed from the Palace of the Liberty of Bruges from the Late Middle Ages until 1795. For almost the next 200 years the buildings were occupied by law courts. To the left of the 14th-century city hall you will find the old Court of Justice, a rare example of Renaissance architecture in Bruges, and to the right you will find the Basilica of the Holy Blood, where the relic of the Holy Blood is kept.
Members of the public are welcome on Monday 16th March 2015 as from 20h00 (please note – the lights go on the day before St. Patrick’s day!) when the Burg will be greened in the presence of Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection Mr. Dara Murphy T.D., the Ambassador of Ireland to the Kingdom of Belgium, Éamonn Mac Aodha and Tourism Ireland representatives. The Burg will also be lit in green on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday 17th March 2015.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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On the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day, Brussels City Council has once again decided that the magnificent Brussels Grand Place will be lit in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening Initiative, in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland to the Kingdom of Belgium.
The Brussels Grand Place will join iconic landmarks taking part in the Global Greening. The Colosseum in Rome, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in the fabled district of Montmartre overlooking Paris and the Grand Ole Opry (the show that made country music famous!) in Nashville will go green for the first time ever for St Patrick’s Day this year, as part of the organisation’s sixth annual Global Greening initiative.
Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening, which sees a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world illuminated in green for St Patrick’s Day, has grown from strength to strength, with a number of new landmarks signing up to take part in 2015, including the Burg in Bruges.
The new sites will join some ‘old favourites’ which have gone green in previous years – including Niagara Falls (on both the US and Canadian sides), the London Eye, the Allianz Arena in Munich, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, the Sky Tower in Auckland, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Cibeles Fountain and Palace in Madrid and one of last year’s newcomers, the Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland® in Paris.
Members of the public are welcome to join the media to see the moment the Grand Place will be greened on Tuesday 17th March 2015 at 20h45 in the presence of Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection Mr. Dara Murphy T.D., Ambassador of Ireland to the Kingdom of Belgium Éamonn Mac Aodha and Tourism Ireland representatives.
Event postponed, check back for more details.
The Parade needs your Support
Each year, our Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee organises a Parade to mark our National Day of Celebration. To date, we have successfully organised seven Parades. This year, we continue this tradition with an eight one. It was our intention to make and big effort to expand the parade for the 1916 Commemorations. However with the recent security restrictions for public events, we were not able to proceed with our plans and bring the desired sponsors on board with the level of uncertainty. We still however have the same fixed administrative overheads regardless of the size of the Parade.
Our organisation is run entirely on a voluntary basis and currently receives no external financial support or funding. Most of the Parade costs in previous years were paid for by contributions from members and volunteers, and by small donations received. But we can’t expect the same people to pay the costs every year. We need “a little help from our Irish, Belgian and International friends”.
Can you help us achieve this? With very little effort, you could! A small donation is all that it takes. That’s where you can play your part to make it work. We need funds each year to pay for the Administration and Parade-related activities. We need to have sufficient funds in our bank account or reliable pledges of financial support to ensure the continuation and growth of Parade. Even if you can only make a small contribution, it’s enough to make a difference. It will ensure that the Parade can be successful, enjoyable and good fun.
In addition to funding the Parade the Irish in Europe Association (International) aisbl depends on donations to continue to organise its various activities. With the help of many of its volunteers, the IEAI has organised and or supported over 300 events since 2011. (Concerts, Exhibitions, Lectures, Social, Irish related events and the Irish in Europe Cultural Exchange Programme between Belgium and Ireland).
All our Parade donors and volunteers since 2009 have been entered in a Roll of Honour. We have decided to mark the 1916 Commemoration by recognising all our volunteers and donors who donated funds since 2009 by presenting them or their next of kin with a special ‘Roll of Honour Certificate’’ by the years end. We hope to have the presentations at a Special Awards Ceremony. All persons who donate this year will also receive this special Roll of Honour certificate.
The Parade is at 13h on Sunday, 19th of March, 2017. It starts at the statue of “Le Chien Vert” in the corner of Parc Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark. Participation is free and it makes a lovely afternoon family outing.
Donations can be made in two ways:
1. Bank transfer to the IEAI Bank Account by using these details:
IEAI, held at Crelan, Parc 50Naire
BE82 8601 1591 3968
2. Credit Card via PayPal
Thank you for reading this and thanks in advance for whatever contribution you decide to make.
Denis J. Buckley
Brussels Saint Patrick’s Day Parade of the Nations and Regions Committee:-
Irish in Europe Association (International) aisbl
Non-Profit International Association – Registered in Belgium – Charity Number 835467433
www.irishineurope.org Tel: 32(0)488 860 707 firstname.lastname@example.org