The Green Dragon No 11, March 2002.

Welcome to The Green Dragon No 11 which is the first online only version of our erstwhile publication. The contents consist of items which could not be published in The Green Dragon No 10, our last printed edition, because of lack of space or which we have since received or which we just came across somewhere and decided to publish.

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Table of Contents

1. A vanished Irish colony in South Wales
From Cardiff's St. Peter's Magazine, March, 1925, comes this account of how a community of Irish immigrants flowered briefly in Pembrokeshire during the early 17th century.

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2. England's Irish Famine
A remarable critique of English policy in Ireland by Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953) shows how it may have produced a weakened and less satisfactory United Kingdom.

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3. Love Song
Swansea poet David Hughes shows how love reaffirmed itself in a bar in Clonakilty, County Cork.

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4. The Fenian invasion of Canada
An article from an unidentified source recounts the story of the Fenians' failed attempt to establish an Irish space in Canada.

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5. A job well done!
A tribute to The Green Dragon from a Belfastman living in Cwmbran, Gwent.

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6. SeŠn ” Farrell and the 'Bed ” Nails'
Cardiff-based Rory O'Byrne tells it the way it might not have been!

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7. A Prayer for Emigrants
We doubt if many people in Ireland pray for emigrants now and so this prayer from the 20s or 30s of the last century speaks to us from a quite different world.

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8. Before the rabbits scatter
William Mathias of Cardiff reflects on the annual ecumenical pilgrimage from Llantarnam in Gwent to Penrhys in the Rhondda.

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9. Irish Rugby players in Cardiff in the early 20th century
From Cardiff's St. Peter's Magazine, February 1925.

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10. Stormbound on the Blasket
An account by a travel writer from Cumbria.

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11. The Vagrants of Wicklow
This description of the the poverty-stricken tramps and hawkers of 'The Garden of Ireland', written by the dramatist, John Millington Synge, was published in 1906.

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12. A word about George Steiner
A quick check out of the famed Paris-born culture guru.

The two articles above were written by the late David Reid.

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13. Cardinal Newman's Grave
This remarkable and deeply felt tribute by a Nonconformist minister from Wales is from the book of reminiscences, 'Gyda’r Hwyr' ('At Dusk') by the Reverend E. Tegla Davies (1880-1967), published in Liverpool in 1957. The Welsh title of the original article, Y Bedd Hwnnw, means 'That Grave'.

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14. Y Fendigaid Fair / The Blessed Mary
This is a poem in Welsh with a translation into English in which the author, former miner and librarian Einion Evans (1926 –), a Nonconformist, makes a tender and perceptive apology for his own and for his contemporaries' lack of reverence for the Virgin Mary. In so doing he speaks for so many of us, Catholic and Protestant.

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15. Marian Devotion in Greece
A tribute to the traditional devotion to Mary of Greek Orthodox Christians taken from an old Catholic magazine published in Cardiff in the 1920s.

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The Book of Welsh Saints
A belated review of a book published in November 2000.

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17. A Short History of the Irish in Jamaica
Rob Mullally tells a little-known story.

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