For the fifth year in a row, some of Dublin’s best-known buildings will be lighting up in red to mark the 2020 Chinese New Year and to welcome the Year of the Rat.

The event has been organised by the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in conjunction with Dublin City Council.

Numerous civic buildings and other sites around Dublin will be illuminated in red, including the Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin City Council Civic Offices in Wood Quay, Dublin City Hall, The Mansion House, The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD), the Pearse Lyons Distillery, the Westin Hotel, Carmichael House and the Guinness Storehouse.

Tourism Ireland in China will share images of the various sites lit up in red via its social platforms (around 400,000 followers on the microblogging platform Weibo and over 40,000 on Tencent’s WeChat messaging app).

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted that Chinese New Year is being celebrated in Dublin once again this year, with some of our historic civic buildings and visitor attractions lighting up in red. The illumination indicates a gesture of genuine friendship and a desire to further enhance the positive relations between China and Ireland.”

Tourism Ireland has a strong network in China, with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu. The organisation’s activity in China involves establishing and building relationships with intermediaries, including the travel trade, airlines and media.

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