2018 Annual General Meeting
Our 2018 Annual General Meeting was held on 22nd November in Doyle’s Bar in Dublin. Unfortunately there was not a large attendance, and given that the main topic for discussion was the continued existence of a formal society, with elected committee and annual general meetings etc., it might be easy to draw the obvious conclusions. However, those present had a lively discussion on this and other topics and the opportunity to socialise afterwards. Click here to view the minutes from the meeting.
A report was given on the current status of the society’s efforts to erect a plaque on the old Welsh chapel in Talbot Street, Dublin – the latest information is available at http://www.welshsociety.ie/welsh-chapel-plaque-update-newyddion-plac-y-capel-cymraeg. Plans for celebrating St. David’s day in 2019 were also discussed and will be progressed by the new committee. Following some extended discussions, it was decided to continue with a formal society while the chapel plaque campaign was still outstanding. The committee will investigate an alternative less formal structure of the society for presentation and discussion at next year’s AGM.
The following committee was elected to serve for 2018-2019:
Richard Morgan (chairperson)
Anne Buttimore (secretary)
Geraint Waters (treasurer)
Gareth Llwyd Jones
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Protected Status for the old Welsh Chapel, Dublin
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:
The news was also reported on S4C television on 4 June 2015 – click below to view the report (in Welsh with English subtitles).