Baily Lighthouse, Dublin, to go blue on World Oceans Day, June 9

Over 20 buildings and landmarks around Ireland will ‘Go Atlantic Blue’ to mark World Oceans Day (June 8) and to celebrate a connection with the Atlantic Ocean.

Businesses, shops, schools and homes will also mark the occasion to highlight the strong connection that people have with the ocean and the many ways that relationship affects and enriches daily life.

‘Go Atlantic Blue’ is spearheaded in Ireland by the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) against the backdrop of Seafest 2019 (June 7-9) and Our Ocean Wealth summit (June 9-10) in Cork.

Through its work of exploring, observing and mapping, AORA develops ‘Atlantic communities’ in countries that border the Atlantic Ocean they describe as the ‘last great exploration campaign on earth’.

Dr Margaret Rae, Director of AORA Coordination and Support Action, says the Atlantic Ocean is “our largest natural resource” from which we draw so much: livelihoods, food, bounty, beauty, imagination, inspiration, song, poetry, health and well-being.

‘Go Atlantic Blue landmarks 2019

  • Shannon Airport
  • Dublin Airport
  • King John’s Castle, Limerick
  • St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh
  • Marine Institute, Galway
  • NUI Galway
  • Galway Bay Boat Tours boat, Lovely Anne
  • Dunguaire Castle, Kinvara, Galway
  • National Aquarium of Ireland
  • Port of Galway
  • Cork City Hall
  • Berwick Fountain and Bishop Lucey Park, Cork City
  • St Peter’s, St Luke’s, Cork City
  • Roche’s Point Lighthouse, Cork
  • Baily Lighthouse, Dublin
  • Pork of Cork
  • National Maritime College of Ireland, Cork
  • Marine & Renewable Energy Ireland, Cork

How to:

  • decorate businesses/schools with an ocean blue colour (add dark blue filters, fairy lights or blue light bulbs in outdoor lights
  • dress in ocean blue clothing (t-shirts, wigs, face painting)
  • Organise an ocean blue event

Share how you:

  • Take a photo/video and share on social media
  • Tag your posts with #WorldOceansDay and #GoAtlanticBlue
  • Tag AORA in your tweets @AtlanticAll / @Seafest / @OurOceanWealth