The Adeje council is delighted to support the Irish Consul in a range of events taking place in the borough this week to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on March 17th.
Celebrations begin on the evening of March 16th when the Plaza de España in Adeje town will, for the third consecutive year, join the Global Greening – the wave of international buildings and iconic landmarks that are lit up in green to celebrate this most international of national festivals. The Adeje plaza joins with the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the London Eye, the Great Wall of China, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the One World Trade Centre in New York, Niagara Falls, the Chain Bridge in Budapest and Matsue Castle in Japan.
On Thursday there will also be a Gala dinner in Costa Adeje Golf, hosted by the Honorary Irish Consul, Álvaro de la Bárcena Argany. (Some tickets still available through the Consulate, 922 245671, 9am – 1pm).
At 7pm on Friday March 17th, St Patrick’s Day, mass in honour of St Patrick will be celebrated in the Santa Úrsula Church in Adeje’s Calle Grande.
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For the second year in a row the Adeje Plaza de España has joined the international Global Greening, the Green Wave which has grown in popularity over the years with over 120 international, national and regional monuments worldwide joining the wave in celebration of St Patrick’s day.
The Adeje Plaza de España will be lit up in green from the evening of March 16th until the morning of the 18th, and this year the council is also co-hosting a number of events with the Honorary Irish Consul on March 17th.
At 6pm members of Adeje council will hand over the statue of St Patrick to members of the local Irish community and then, led by a young Irish/Canarian girl from Adeje, walk to the Santa Úrsula Adeje Parish church for a mass in English and Spanish. At 7.30pm there will be a gala buffet in the CDTCA, the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre.
In Spain the other participants in the Green Wave will be the Cibeles fountain, the Puerta de Alcalá and the Palacio de Comunicaciones in Madrid and the Torre de Hércules in A Coruña among others. Globally the Colosseum in Rome, the Sacre Coeur in Paris, Niagara Falls, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland Paris, the London Eye and the Empire State Building as well as the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro are part of this global greening.
On today’s programme, English Time, I spoke to Ward Woods. Ward is the Honorary Irish Consul in Tenerife and we were talking, not too surprisingly, about being Irish abroad, and St Patrick’s Day.
Ward mentioned in passing that there are about 100 million people who claim some link to the home country, half of those living in the United States of America. That’s a lot of Irish, especially when you remember that the actualy poplulation of Ireland is about four million at the moment. And there are quite a few thousand Irish living here in Tenerife. The other thing we were discussing is why this particular festival, celebrated on March 17th, is so widely celebrated, with parades in countries as far away as Australia, China, Canada, in cities such as New York and Boston as well as, of course, Dublin. Ward suggested that one of the plusses in Ireland’s favour is that we have never been a coloniser, so in a sense we have few historical enemies, and we like to think we have a nice, cheerful and friendly nature too.
So on March 17th lots of people like to become Irish for a day, and they are welcomed into the wider Irish family. Are you planning any special St Patrick’s Day celebrations? Let us know – post a comment here on this blog and I will also give the events a mention on Thurdsay’s English Time on Radio Sur Adeje from 1 to 1.30pm.