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Plan for Llanberis Sword sculpture in honour of Welsh Princes

A 20ft steel sword modelled on the type used by the Princes of Gwynedd is being proposed by Gwynedd council’s tourism and marketing unit. The aim of the large sculpture at Llyn Padarn in Llanberis is to raise awareness among local people and visitors alike of the history of Gwynedd and of Wales as a nation. Llanberis has powerful connections to the Princes of Gwynedd such as Llywelyn Fawr, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Owain Glyndwr.

Police chief criticises BBC boss for 'patronising attitude' towards Welsh and Cymdeithas yr Iaith call for boycott of BBC Licence fee in Wales

The repercussions continue following the disastrous Newsnight (BBC's flagship current affairs programme), broadcast of a supposed debate about the Welsh language. Protests arose as soon as the programme, which asked whether the Welsh language was “a help or hindrance to the nation.” came off air. The discussion on August 9 did not even include anyone who could speak the Welsh language.

Owain Glyndŵr's victory at the Battle of Craig-y-dorth

The hill of Craig-y-dorth, is near to the village of Cwmcarvan (Welsh: Cwmcarfan) in Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy) in south-east Wales. In this month, August 1404, it was the site of a battle between Owain Glyndŵr's forces and those of the English. Glyndŵr was victorious and the defeated English forces were either slain or put to flight. 

Dic Penderyn: "O Arglwydd, dyma gamwedd" - "Oh Lord, this is an injustice"

The Merthyr Rising of May and June 1831 took place when the coal miners and other working people took to the streets of Merthyr Tydfil in Wales in protest against unemployment and lowering wages. With cries of Caws a bara (cheese and bread) and I lawr â'r Brenin (down with the king) the protest spread throughout the area. Before the authorities regained control of the town through brutal force on 7 June the protesters effectively controlled Merthyr.

BBC Newsnight apologises after much criticised Welsh language debate

As previously reported there was a considerable amount of criticism pointed at the BBC programme Newsnight after an unfairly balanced item about the Welsh language was aired on Wednesday night.

Newsnight: Welsh language coverage prompts petition

Welsh language comes under attack in the BBC Newsnight programme and in this article in YN COMMMEEYS CELTIAGH - CELTIC NEWS MANNIN it reports that the unfair coverge has prompted a petition:

Newsnight: Welsh language coverage prompts a petition

Concern over a BBC Newsnight programme on the Welsh language and proposed changes has led to the launch of an on-line petition.

The initiator of the petition Huw Marshas says:

Petition against "Ring of Iron" sculpture in Wales to be presented to Senedd on 18th September 2017

The organisers of the petition to stop the proposed plans for Flint Castle's Iron Ring sculpture have announced that the petition will officially be handed over on the 18th of September. The plan is to organise an event for the hand over, and people are encouraged to attend. The handover will take place on the steps of the Senedd in Cardiff, Wales, CF10 4PZ at 2.30pm so those attending are asked be there at 1pm.

Opposition in Wales to insulting "Ring of Iron" grows

Flint Castle (Welsh: Castell y Fflint) is located in Flint (Y Fflint) in north-east Wales. It stands on the Dee Estuary (Aber Dyfrdwy) where the River Dee (Afon Dyfrdwy) flows into the sea. Work began on the castle in 1277. It was one of the first of a series of castles built in Wales by the English King Edward I (17/18 June 1239 – 7 July 1307) during his campaign to conquer Wales. They were constructed with the aim of forming an "Iron Ring" used to suppress Welsh resistance. Each of these castles viewed on their own can be admired as an impressive structure with a unique fortress design.

Wales: Controversial Project Put On Hold

News item taken from YN COMMMEEYS CELTIAGH - CELTIC NEWS MANNIN  about the insulting proposed work of public art "Ring of Iron" that has caused so much anger in the Welsh nation.

'Wales: Controversial project put on hold'

A proposed work of public art has caused great insult and anger to the Welsh nation. So much so, that a petition signed by thousands of people has caused the project to be, " paused ". Always hoping, but not expecting success, I signed the petition along with the other thousands.

Bryn Celli Ddu prehistoric monument reveals more of its mystery

The 5000 year old mysterious Late Neolithic passage tomb of Bryn Celli Ddu is a remarkable structure. The monument appears to have begun in the later Neolithic period around 5,000 years ago, as a ‘henge’ or a ritual enclosure.  It consisted of a bank (now lost) around an inner ditch, which enclosed a circle of upright stones. The ditch originally measured 21 meters in diameter. The outer edge can still be seen and a number of stones from the inner stone circle also survive.

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