Some contributions made by the Irish to the happiness of other parts of the world are beguilingly displayed in a series of courts and halls. The dominant architectural feature of the pavilion is a modern version of the medieval towers that still stand in many places in Ireland. The whole pavilion is enclosed by a wall seven feet high, faced in Lisconnor gray stone and reddish brown marble.
|Charting the Irish. Two giant maps are in the entry court. On the right is a map of the world showing areas of Irish influence during the Middle Ages, the routes of Irish military expeditions in the 17th and 18th Centuries, and the flow of emigration from Ireland to all parts of the world from the 18th to the 20th Centuries. (CD #1 Set 3 #18)|
|A Gaelic Heritage. Through the round tower visitors reach the main hall, where mobiles evoking the names and moods of Irish poets hang from the ceiling. Headsets transmit the voices of actors reading the words of such Irish-born writers as George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats. Also in the main hall are displays of Irish arts and crafts (tweed-weaving looms, pottery and Waterford glass), country life (horses, the turf and the beauty of racing) and industrial development, centering on a wide varity of products manufactured in Irish factories. (CD #8 Set 38 #25)|
|Dances and Drinks. There is a small outdoor theater for performances by Irish dancers and singers. Available at a stand are Irish coffee (coffee, Irish whiskey and whipped cream) for adults and soft drinks for children. (CD #8 Set 38 #25)|
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