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Table Mountain goes green to celebrate St Patrick’s day

  • By Lynnette Johns
  • March 18 2013

Yesterday the world, including Cape Town, celebrated St Patrick’s Day, a day when green is the colour of choice for everything from clothes to beer, and even Table Mountain is bathed in green light in a tribute to Ireland.

South Africa does have a connection to the Emerald Isle, dating back to the 19th century. A third of the Cape’s governors were Irish, including Lord Caledon and Sir John Francis Cradock. Sir Lowry’s Pass is named after Dublin-born Lowry Cole, who was the governor of the Cape in the 1830s when the pass was opened.

This is not the first year that the mountain has gone green. St Patrick’s Day has been marked in similar fashion for several years now.

Table Mountain lit up in green. Photo tweeted by <a href=''>Pól Ó Conghaile</a> Table Mountain lit up in green. Photo tweeted by Pól Ó Conghaile

This picture of Table Mountain, awash in green light, was tweeted by Pól Ó Conghaile, an Irish travel and food writer whose work appears in National Geographic Traveller, the Irish Independent, the Irish Examiner and RTE Radio.

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