There are Irish in the Town

‘Mae ‘na Wyddyl yn y Dre’ (‘There are Irish in the Town’) was the title and theme of a series of lectures arranged by The Wales Famine Forum and delivered during the National Eisteddfod of Wales at Llanelli in early August 2000. These lectures in Welsh were delivered in the ‘Pabell y Cymdeithasau (‘Societies’ Tent’) from 1.30 to 3.00 o’clock each day as follows :

1. Wednesday 9 August: There are Irish in the town: Newport
Lecturer: Martin Culliford, secondary school teacher and local historian.
Chair: Paul Flynn MP (Newport West).
Read an English version of Martin Culliford's talk HERE

Before this lecture the series was introduced in Irish by Conor O’Riordan, the Consul General of Ireland in Wales.
Read an English version of Mr. O'Connor's remarks HERE

2. Thursday 10 August: There are Irish in the town: Port Talbot
Lecture: Sally Roberts Jones, writer and local historian.
A radio play,‘Strangers and Brothers’, about the famine Irish in Port Talbot, was broadcast by BBC Wales in 1975.
Chair: Prys Morgan, Dept. of History, University College Swansea.
Read an English version of Sally Roberts Jones' talk HERE

3. Friday 11 August: There are Irish in the town: Swansea
Lecture: Roger Price, teacher, historian and author of ‘Little Ireland – a history of the Irish and Greenhill, Swansea’.
Chair: John Davies, author of ‘Hanes Cymru’(‘History of Wales’), the first Penguin paperback in Welsh.
Read an English version of Roger Price's talk HERE

4. Saturday 12 August: Irish Catholics and Welsh Culture in the Twentieth Century
Lecture: Trystan Hughes, Head of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, Trinity College, Carmarthen and author of Winds of change: the Roman Catholic Church and society in Wales, 1916 - 1962.
Chair: Harri Pritchard-Jones, broadcaster and writer.
Read an English version of Dr. Hughes' talk HERE

The title of the series has been adapted from the first line of the song: Gwyddel yn y Dre (‘An Irishman in the Town’) written and sung by Twm Morris (son of Jan Morris).


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