Northern Lights or not Malin Head will go green for Paddy’s Day

Council to light tip of Inishowen to celebrate national holiday

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Whether or not the aurora flashes its light fantastic over Malin Head for the bank holiday Monday remains to be seen but one thing that is certain is that Ireland’s most northerly point will be illuminated in a swathe of green light to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Last year Mother Nature turned the skies above Malin Head green on St. Patrick’s Day with a spectacular Northern Lights display but this year artificial lighting at Banba’s Crown will cast an emerald glow over the tip of Inishowen.

Donegal County Council tourism development officer Kevin O’Connor said the area remains an important visitor destination and will be further highlighted from a tourist standpoint.

“Malin Head will be illuminated in green on Sunday, March 16 and on Monday, March 17 for Paddy’s Day. Malin Head is a vital tourist landmark for the county, attracting more than 100,000 visitors annually,” he added.

Meanwhile Inishowen Tourism has hailed the significance of the recent aurora phenomenon, which it says, provided a huge boost to visitor numbers in the peninsula.

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