News and Events

2016 Annual General Meeting

The Draig Werdd Annual General Meeting for 2016 took place in Dublin on 20th October.  The following committee was elected to serve for the coming year:

Richard Morgan (chairperson)
Anne Buttimore (secretary)
Geraint Waters (treasurer)
Gareth Llwyd Jones
Eifion Williams

Thanks and appreciation was expressed at the meeting to the outgoing chairperson, Robin Smith, who stepped down after over eight years in the position, and to the outgoing secretary Richard Bonney.   A report was given to the meeting on the status of the campaign to erect a plaque on the old Welsh chapel in Talbot Street and a discussion on this took place – a status update will be issued shortly to members.  The meeting was also informed of plans for our St. David’s Day celebrations in 2017 which have now been finalised – these will be publicised early in the new year.

Learn Welsh with Duolingo

Duolingo

Duolingo, the free language-learning platform, now contains support for learning Welsh.   Duolingo includes a language-learning website and app for mobile devices, and provides extensive written lessons and dictation, with speaking practice for more advanced users.   The app is available on iOS, Android and Windows 8 and 10 platforms with over 120 million registered users.  The Welsh course has in excess of 70,000 users from all over the world and there is a group on Facebook where users can discuss matters related to the course.  For more information, visit the Duolingo website on https://www.duolingo.com or download the mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Draig Werdd committee member Richard Morgan is one of eight contributors to  the Duolingo Welsh course.   You can contact Richard for information or assistance in using the app by emailing him on welshclass@welshsociety.ie.

Protected Status for the old Welsh Chapel, Dublin

Chapel

Following a lengthy campaign by Draig Werdd we are delighted to announce that the former Welsh chapel Bethel, located on Dublin’s Talbot Street, has been granted protected status by Dublin City Council.

One of the oldest surviving buildings in Talbot Street, the chapel building is of historical interest as it was used as a place of worship for the Welsh community in Dublin and for visiting Welsh seamen for over 100 years from the time of its erection in 1838. It is the only evidence left in Dublin of the links between Dublin and Wales during this period, and the external form of the building is clearly identifiable as a Welsh chapel of the early Victorian era.

Members of Draig Werdd have worked tirelessly to document the history of the chapel and its significance to Wales and to Ireland.The campaign was supported by An Taisce, UCD Celtic Studies, Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir, Carwyn Jones AM First Minister of Wales, Jill Evans MEP President Plaid Cymru, Cadw, The Anglesey Presbytery, Hyfrydle Chapel Holyhead and Holyhead Town Council and all Dublin Inner City TDs.  Further details about the Chapel can be found here.    Click on the following links to see further news items about the council decision:

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/welsh-chapel-dublin-awarded-protected-9298698

The news was also reported on S4C television on 4 June 2015 – click below to view the report (in Welsh with English subtitles).