The Wales National Eisteddfod, 1998

Last year this great festival took place in Pencoed, a few miles from Bridgend and about 16 miles from Cardiff with direct access from the M4 and regular bus and train connections.

The Wales Famine Forum arranged a series of four lectures in Welsh under the general title Plant Padrig a Phlant Dewi (‘The Children of Patrick and the Children of David’).

These lectures were delivered in the Pabell y Cymdeithasau (‘Societies’ Pavilion’) as follows:

Monday 3 August, 1.30 – 3.00 p.m.: Dr. Harri Pritchard‑Jones:
Cymru a’r Newyn Mawr (‘Wales and the Great Famine’).
Chair: Seán Mac Réamoinn.

Tuesday 4 August, 1.30 – 3.00 p.m.: Dr. Paul O’Leary:
Newyn a Phla? Mewnfudwyr Gwyddelig yng Nghymru (‘Hunger and disease? Irish immigrants in Wales’).
Chair: Rhodri Morgan, MP

Wednesday 5 August, 1.30 – 3.00 p.m.: Dr. John Davies:
Lloyd George ac Iwerddon (‘Lloyd George and Ireland’).
Chair: Dr. Proinsias MacCana

Friday 7 August, 2.00 – 3.30 p.m.: Dr. J.H. Thomas:
J.E.Bicheno FRS (1785‑1851) — Lloegr, Ogwr, Tasmania a’i Gysylltiad â’r Iwerddon (‘J.E. Bicheno FRS — England, the Bridgend area, Tasmania and his connection with Ireland’).
Chair: Lyn Ebenezer.

Note:

J.E. Bicheno lived near Bridgend. He went to Ireland in the 1830s to prepare a report on Irish poverty for the government. He ended his career as Governor of Tasmania.

We had planned to publish all of the lectures (in English translations) in The Green Dragon in due course. Dr. Harri Pritchard‑Jones’ lecture was first delivered, in Welsh, at the Cardiff Central Library on 5 April, 1995, the first in a series of three lectures (one each in Welsh, English and Irish) arranged by , the Irish language group in Cardiff responsible for kick starting the Wales Famine Forum. It was later published in an English translation in The Green Dragon No 5, Winter, 1997. Dr. John Davies’ lecture has been published in The Green Dragon No 8,
We have also published the lecture by Dr. J.H.Thomas in The Green Dragon No 9, Winter, 1999.

We have been unable to obtain a copy of Dr. O'Leary’s lecture. Instead, we have published a specially written article by him on sobriety and respectability among the Irish in south Wales in the 19th century.

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