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France to go green for St Patrick’s Day celebration

Paris and some other cities in France will take part in "Global Greening" on Tuesday, which will see a long list of monuments lit up in the colour green for Ireland's national day.

France to go green for St Patrick's Day celebration
The Moulin Rouge lit up in green in 2014. Photo: AFP
The Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre will be green on Tuesday night. So will the Galeries Lafayette, the Irish embassy, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Sleeping Beauty's castle in Disneyland Paris.
 
Elsewhere, Bordeaux's Porte de Bourgogne will go green, as will the Negresco hotel in Nice and the Royal Palace in Monaco. 
 
If your imagination is failing you, Parisians can expect something similar to the efforts last year when the famed Moulin Rouge became the Moulin Vert as it too went green – though it's understood the burlesque venue will stay red on Tuesday.
 
Video: Liam Neeson explains how the world goes green for Ireland 

 
The French connection to Ireland is strong, with around 15,000 Irish people calling France home. Irish culture has a mighty influence on the Parisian drinking scene, with a slew of Irish pubs strewn across the city. 
 
These pubs are sure to be overflowing with both pints of Guinness and patrons on Tuesday, as the French join in on the festivities honouring the date of Saint Patrick's death, the patron saint of Ireland.
 
The Global Greening campaign is part of a massive tourism push from Ireland to encourage more visitors to take plunge and visit Ireland. It will see a heap of monuments across the world turn green – Ireland's national colour – including the Colosseum in Rome and Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue. 
 
(Why not enjoy a nice cold Guinness on Tuesday? Photo:Grzegorz Rogala/Flickr)
 
An Irish Pub for St Patrick's Day?
 
There's so many to chose from but for a good atmosphere look no further than the Cork and Cavan of course, on Quai de Jemmapes  along Canal St Martin. It's a good mix of expats and French and the mostly Irish bar staff never fail to push the boat out to celebrate Paddy's Day. If you're lucky you might even get to see the pub's entertaining Irish owner sing a few Irish songs on stage before pouring a pint of Guinness over his head.
 
If you are looking for more of a raucous party atmosphere with discos and dancing you're probably better off heading to one of the big chains like Corcoran's or O'Sullivans on the Grande Boulevard.
 

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Students and staff pay tribute to Irish university teacher murdered in Paris

Students and staff at a Paris university have spoken of their shock at the fatal stabbing of popular Irish lecturer John Dowling, who was killed by a former student outside the establishment where he taught.

Students and staff pay tribute to Irish university teacher murdered in Paris
A photo of John Dowling. Photo: Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci

The 66-year-old teacher, an Irishman who taught English, was stabbed repeatedly in front of the private Leonard-de-Vinci university in Courbevoie, northwest of Paris.

A Pakistani man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder.

Sources said the suspect, who is in custody, was a former student at the university who was born in Pakistan in 1981 and was not previously known to police.It was not yet known whether Mr Dowling had taught the student.

Students and staff at the private university paid tribute to Mr Dowling, who was originally from Dublin.

Anne Bertrand a former student told The Local: “John was always in a good mood, always smiling, always joking. He was en excellent teacher, adapting to each student at their level, and giving them exactly what they needed

“His classes were the opposite of boring. Actually we had so much fun that sometimes, people working on the same floor had to ask us to keep it down! 

“John was as modest as he was competent. He was also a free spirit, absolutely open-minded and tolerant, and his long life experience as well as his many interests made him a delightful conversationist. His death is a great loss.”
 
Another ormer student Yosra Ibrahem told The Local: “He was a good person who was known and well-liked by all. He was positive, dedicated and motivated and never did anything bad to anyone.

“Mr Dowling was one of the best teachers I had throughout my whole education.”

Fellow staff member Linda McLaren said: “My heart goes out to John Dowling, fellow teacher who was brutally taken today by one of our former students.

“We had just spoken to him before leaving the university. Words cannot describe our grief as we have known John for over 15 years and he was a nice gentle man who was looking forward to his retirement.”

Stephen Amoah, a 28-year-old student from Ghana said: “It's heartbreaking. We still can't believe it.”

His classmate Jad Sharif, a 33-year-old from Lebanon, described the murdered teacher as “very kind”.

Students showed photographs of the white-bearded Irishman on their mobile phones, smiling and arm in arm with members of his class.

A statement from the Leonard de Vinci school where Mr Dowling taught paid a warm tribute to the tragic teacher.

The statement said: “On Wednesday, one of our lecturers was stabbed to death in front of the Leonard de Vinci campus. It happened outside the institution on Mona Lisa square.

“The victim is John Dowling, 66, who has been teaching English at Leonard de Vinci schools since 1999.

“The aggressor has been arrested. This person had spent a few months as a student in one of De Vinci schools and had been expelled in August 2017 as he did not validate his studies.

“John was a very friendly man, respected and loved by all students and colleagues. He was also known for his great availability and kindness.

“The community of the Pole Leonard de Vinci is deeply shocked and saddened by this tragedy of extreme violence. We express our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of John Dowling.”

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