Council goes RED for the Chinese New Year

Wexford County Council headquarters goes RED to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Wexford County Council’s headquarters in Wexford Town was swathed in a red glow last Tuesday as the Council joined a list of iconic buildings across Ireland in “lighting up” to celebrate Chinese New Year.
For the third year in a row, some of Ireland’s best-known buildings were illuminated in vivid red colour as Ireland celebrated the Year of the Pig.
In recent times Wexford County Council has developed a strong business relationship with China, with several business delegations from China visiting County Hall during 2018 to learn about County Wexford and doing business here.
Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Dr. Yue Xiaoyong is no stranger to Wexford having visited here on several occasions in 2018.
That relationship led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2018 between Wexford County Council and the Ambassador’s home province of Hubei, People’s Republic of China, committing both regions to work collectively with a view to creating mutual cultural, economic and smart city opportunities.
Chairman of Wexford County Council Cllr Keith Doyle said that China is an important emerging market and one that Wexford County Council is keen to explore in terms of developing technologies, expanding tourism potential and bringing job opportunities to Wexford.
In terms of lighting buildings up for Chinese New Year, Wexford County Council Deputy Chief Executive Tony Larkin says that from a marketing perspective, it’s very important.
“Pictures of iconic Irish buildings turned red for their New Year is an important gesture – similar to how buildings around the world turn green for St Patrick’s Day” said Mr. Larkin.
“The start of Chinese New Year is like our St Patrick’s Day – it’s great PR to have what is arguably Wexford’s most prominent building – Wexford County Council Headquarters – the seat of local government in Wexford – turn red to celebrate Chinese New Year.
It’s a good PR story for us, and plays really well on social media in China, showing we’re keen to learn and keen to connect while aware and respectful of Chinese tradition and culture” he added.

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