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“Gwlad” an online St David’s day celebration concert

Helo o orllewin Cymru, Hello from west Wales,

We wanted to take this  opportunity to share an exciting project that we have been working on here.

Last year we created a Community Interest Company ‘The West End of Wales, a collective of professional Welsh musicians who are currently out of work due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Founded by Laura Llewellyn-Jones and Iestyn Griffiths, we are actively supporting out-of-work professional Welsh-musicians and creatives and providing them with much needed paid working opportunities. The WeoW also recognises the impact of COVID-19 on the future generation of Welsh musicians and is working to minimise this by mentoring and inspiring the young musicians of the future through their education collaboration schemes and community projects.During lockdown we’ve been working together creating videos, which have been shared on our social media pages reaching far and wide.

Now we knew, that sadly our celebrations for St David’s Day on March the 1st wouldn’t be the same as normal.

Whilst we may not be able to celebrate in person, it does give us a fantastic opportunity to share our celebrations with Welsh communities across the world.

So, we’d like to introduce to you ‘Gwlad!’ a showcase that will see some of Wales’ finest performers and entertainers come together for a virtual concert to celebrate the day of our patron saint.

The concert features Welsh stars Rhod  Gilbert, John Owen-Jones and Lucie Jones along with performances from The Cory band, Only men aloud, Claire Jones with Chris Marshall, Choirs for good ,Kizzy Crawford, Rhydian Jenkins, Aaron Pryce- Lewis, Morriston Orpheus choir, Bella voce, Fanfare trumpets of the Welsh  guards… and us, The WEoW.

Here is a link to the concert website, as a thank you for you support we’ve included a discount code. At checkout please use Body1

https ://www.stream.theatre/season/44?fbclid=IwAR0xUT4sMeA6HVBLdqYdA0Do_LFEj9gY0LFFlm6O2seGFNvFS6rnfQyMPE0

You can watch our latest videos on all our social media platforms listed below…

@theweow, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

You tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLYtF5b3_fE8slZr31r0hGw

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about The West End of Wales, then we’d be delighted to hear from you. You can email us at

Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir / Côr Meibion Cymry Dulyn

Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir is looking to appoint a new musical director to replace the previous incumbent Brian Murphy who has retired from the post.  Applicants should have appropriate experience in choral conducting and a working knowledge of the choral music repertoire for male voices.

Details of the post are available in a pdf document which can be accessed here, along with information about the application process.

Mae Côr Meibion Cymry Dulyn yn edrych i benodi cyfarwyddwr cerdd newydd i gymryd lle’r arweinydd blaenorol Brian Murphy sydd wedi ymddeol o’i swydd. Dylai ymgeiswyr gael profiad priodol mewn arwain corawl a gwybodaeth ymarferol o’r repertoire cerddoriaeth gorawl ar gyfer corau meibion.

Mae manylion am y swydd ar gael mewn dogfen pdf sydd i’w weld yma, ynghyd â gwybodaeth am y broses ymgeisio.

Welsh lessons in Ireland / Gwersi Cymraeg yn Iwerddon

Draig Werdd is pleased to be able to announce that following the success of previous classes a further remote Welsh language class will be held  this spring. The class will be taught by Richard Morgan and will take place using Skype  on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm.   The course will assume that students  have made significant progress on the Duolingo Welsh/English course that is available on-line and also on a smartphone app.

The course is conversational in nature with the emphasis being on enjoyment and learning. It will also include a short general knowledge quiz, well-known songs, poetry and a collection of short stories as appropriate.

The class begins on Tuesday the 12th of January and will run for 10 weeks. The cost of the course will be €50. Classes will be limited to a maximum of 8 participants.

If you are interested in attending the class please send an email with your details to welshclass@welshsociety.ie and Richard will get back in contact with you to give you the necessary details.

Welsh conversation group 13/01/21 Grwp sgwrsio Cymraeg

Draig Werdd will be hosting another online meeting from 8-9pm on Wednesday evening, 13 January, for Welsh speakers living in Ireland.   We are back in lockdown here but that’s no reason for us not to get together and connect online as Welsh speakers, so why not join us for an informal chat without having to leave the house?  Learners of the language are very welcome to take part.   If you’d like to join us for the meeting, please send an email to info@welshsociety.ie and we will send you the joining instructions.


Bydd Draig Werdd yn cynnal cyfarfod ar-lein arall rhwng 8-9pm nos Fercher, 13 Ionawr, ar gyfer siaradwyr Cymraeg sy’n byw yn Iwerddon.
Rydym yn ôl mewn cyfnod clo yma ond nad yw hwnna yn rheswm inni beidio â dod at ein gilydd a chysylltu ar-lein fel siaradwyr Cymraeg, felly beth am ymuno â ni am sgwrs anffurfiol heb orfod gadael y tŷ?  Mae croeso cynnes i ddysgwyr yr iaith gymryd rhan. Os hoffech chi ymuno â ni ar gyfer y cyfarfod, anfonwch e-bost at info@welshsociety.ie ac anfonwn y cyfarwyddiadau ymuno atoch.

 

Welsh chapel in Dublin / Capel Cymraeg yn Nulyn

As part of a collaborative teaching initiative between the University of Limerick and the ‘Ports, Past and Present’ project, University College Cork, Margaret O’Connor from Raheny in Dublin has produced an online web page documenting the history of the Welsh Chapel in Dublin, which can be accessed at https://portspastpresent.eu/items/show/500.  As well as containing much interesting information about the chapel from a number of sources, Margaret’s page also provides links to other online resources giving information about the chapel.   Many thanks to her for informing us of her research project and we have been happy to provide whatever assistance we could.  ‘Ports, Past and Present‘ is a project led by University College Cork in partnership with Aberystwyth University, the University of Wales Trinity St David and Wexford County Council examining the cultural heritage of the ports in the Irish sea basin.

We are still waiting for developments regarding the sale of the chapel prior to pursuing our goal of erecting a plaque on the building to commemorate its heritage, but the current Covid19 epidemic has prevented any progress to date.  However, the plaque is in storage with Dublin City Council and the donations collected by us are still in our bank account, so we will continue to monitor the situation with a view to completing the project as soon as possible.

 

Fel rhan o brosiect ymchwil ‘Porthladdoedd, ddoe a heddiw’, mae Margaret O’Connor o Raheny yn Nulyn wedi cynhyrchu tudalen ar-lein yn dogfennu hanes Capel Cymru yn Nulyn, sydd i’w gweld ar https://portspastpresent.eu/items/show/500. Yn ogystal â chynnwys llawer o wybodaeth ddiddorol am y capel o nifer o ffynonellau, mae tudalen Margaret hefyd yn darparu dolenni i adnoddau ar-lein eraill sy’n rhoi gwybodaeth am y capel. Diolch yn fawr iddi am ein hysbysu am ei phrosiect ymchwil ac rydyn ni wedi bod yn hapus i roi pa bynnag gymorth y gallem. Mae ‘Porthladdoedd, ddoe a heddiw‘ yn brosiect a arweinir gan Goleg Prifysgol Corc mewn partneriaeth â Phrifysgol Aberystwyth, Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant a Chyngor Sir Wexford sy’n archwilio treftadaeth ddiwylliannol y porthladdoedd ym masn môr Iwerddon.

Rydyn ni’n dal i aros am ddatblygiadau ynglŷn â gwerthiant y capel cyn dilyn ein nod o godi plac ar yr adeilad i goffáu ei dreftadaeth, ond mae’r epidemig Covid19 presennol wedi atal unrhyw gynnydd hyd yn hyn. Fodd bynnag, mae’r plac yn cael ei gadw gyda Chyngor Dinas Dulyn ac mae’r rhoddion a gasglwyd gennym yn dal yn ein cyfrif banc, felly byddwn yn parhau i fonitro’r sefyllfa gyda’r bwriad o gwblhau’r prosiect cyn gynted â phosibl.