Well, have you bought your leprechaun hat yet? Your lucky shamrock? And your "Kiss Me, I’m Irish" T-shirt? While we Irish aren’t as fond of the 'paddywhackery' as our foreign cousins, there is something kind of nice about wearing green and celebrating our Irishness for one day of the year.
And we’ll be joined in the celebrations this weekend by an influx of tourists. Fáilte Ireland say we will have at least 120,000 overseas visitors coming especially for St. Patrick's Day – but probably more, considering it is the year of The Gathering.
And the Emerald Isle is going to seem a lot more 'emerald' this weekend as various buildings and monuments are to be 'greened'.
The Office of Public Works are greening 27 OPW buildings & heritage sites including Leinster House, Dublin Castle, The Four Courts, Aras an Uachtarain, The Rock of Cashel, Ross Castle in Kerry, Trim Castle in Meath, Cahir Castle in Tipperary – and loads more. They’re switching them on tomorrow for 4 days.
The Temple Bar Company Ltd are switching on 2000 greenbulbs tomorrow in Temple Bar and they’re going to have an outdoor trad concert tomorrow night.
The ‘green carpet’ is being rolled out for 70 journalists who are coming from abroad to cover St Patricks Day and between them they have a reach of 112million viewers, listeners and readers. They’ll all march in the Peoples Parade on St Patricks Day, along with 8000 others.
Then, internationally, Tourism Ireland have a ‘Global Greening’ initiative where buildings and landmarks all over the world go green. This is the fourth year of it. Old favourites are the Sydney Opera House, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, Table Mountain – but new this year are: the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the 'Welcome To Las Vegas' sign, the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, HMS Belfast in London, Bayern Munich’s homeground [the Allianz Arena] and the Citadel in Amman in Jordan.
And for the first time ever Dublin Airport is going green. Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden has been finding out more from Ciara Carroll, External Communications with Dublin Airport Authority.
She told Katriona how the DAA are installing two huge screens into the arrivals hall of T1 and T2 of Dublin Airport. You can have a welcome message displayed on these screens for an arriving passenger by emailing the message in advance to Ciara.Carroll@daa.ie along with the flight details of the arriving passenger - send your e-mails at least 24 hours in advance. This messaging facility will be in place for the next nine months!