‘Pavilion’ is not a word you hear everyday.
Unless you play cricket. In which case, you hear the word ‘pavilion’ almost as often as ‘Howzat!’ or indeed, ‘cucumber sandwich’.
Most Irish people struggle with the English language, never mind Irish, which is why we have such wretchedly named places as ‘Dún Laoghaire’ for instance. Luckily some people know how to pronounce it.
I recommend to come in Summer when DL is at it’s best, with it’s elegant streets, the striking Mariners’ Church, the ferryport to Holyhead, the lovely harbour area and many beautiful old Georgian houses. It’s not known for being a hotbed of cricket, however, it is home to a pavilion (of sorts), ‘The Pavilion Theatre’, renovated in recent years, but originally opened in 1903!
It houses a cinema as well, but it’s best known as a performance space, not only for actors and singers, but also for events like ‘Whistleblowers‘ where sports journalists Paul Kimmage and David Walsh discussed the vagaries and repercussions of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and corruption in sport generally.
On another occasion, I attended the thought provoking one man show ‘Outsiders‘ hosted and starring economist David McWilliams, one of only a handful of prominent commentators who predicted Ireland’s spectacular fall from grace as the Celtic Tiger was slain on the altar of property fueled excess, led by shamelessly corrupt banking elites.
The theatre’s ‘Monday Night Cinema’ slot is very popular and includes some excellent Nordic/Scandinavian films like ‘En chance til’ (A Second Chance) and ‘Blind’. And if it’s comedy you want, the Faulty Towers Dining Experience will cater to your needs! Just don’t be late, or you might get a damn good thrashing!