The unlikely duo of Irish Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello and Irish singer/songwriter, Morgan Deane Smith (wife of SA cricketer Graeme Smith) will perform the ceremonial ‘switching on’ of the lights on Table Mountain for St Patrick’s Day.
“We are delighted have a such a strong Irish connection in Morgan Deane Smith to do the honours,” says Helen Fraser of Tourism Ireland, “being married to another South African icon, Graeme Smith and an Irish celebrity in her own right.”
For the third consecutive year Table Mountain will be lit a radiant shade of green from 8pm until midnight on the eve of St Patrick’s Day March 16.
The event will take place at a glittering event in the Penthouse of the prestigious Pepper Club Luxury Boutique Hotel and will be attended by dignitaries from Ireland and Cape Town.
The annual greening of Table Mountain on St Patrick’s Day is a symbolic salute to Ireland’s powerful and perennial effort in uplifting the lives of many South Africans in various sectors of the community such as the Niall Mellon Township Trust, the St Patrick’s Trust and the Salesian Brothers.
The greening is also in keeping with Tourism Ireland’s “Global Greening” initiative and Table Mountain joins a host of other major iconic sites around the world being greened for St Patrick’s Day.
Adding to the list this year will be the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Others include the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the London Eye, the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen and the Sydney Opera House.
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