Friday 17 March 2017

St Patrick's Day 2017 Google Doodle

St Patrick's Day 2017 Google Doodle

St Patrick's Day 2017 has arrived and Google has marked the occasion with a special Irish-themed doodle.

An animated depiction of the Skellig Michael adorns the world's most famous webpage.

The remote island, just off the coast of Country Kerry, Ireland is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to a wide variety of seabirds including puffins, gannets and razorbills.

Skellig Michael is the larger of the two Skellig islands and features 600 steps leading to the top of the rocky precipice.

The steps take you 714 feet above sea level and the summit gives a view of Ireland and the Atlantic Ocean.

Famously, Skellig Michael was also the filming location for the final scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens .

In Google's doodle, it's been given a cartoon makeover with a small animation showing clovers moving along the top of the island.

"The Skelligs are part of the Kerry Gaeltacht, where locals speak Irish, and you may hear 'céad míle fáilte', or 'a hundred thousand welcomes', if you visit," explained Google in a blog post accompanying the doodle.

Last year, the search giant honoured St Patrick's Day with a shamrock-themed doodle.

In that animation, Google's "l" becomes a dancing shamrock that gradually turns the rest of the letters a nice shade of green.

"We hope it reflects the boundless energy and welcoming spirit of Ireland, as Google sports green for the great Éire ," the company said.

It was designed by one of Google's crack team of professional animators, Chris O'Hara - an Irishman currently working in Los Angeles.



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