Future Events


An Evening of poems and Pints with Friends

St. Peter’s Church Hall, St. Peter’s Street, Roath, Cardiff
Friday 14 January 2000
7.30 – 12.00
Bar available
Tickets £4-00
(including light refreshments):
Tel: 487133
Arranged by the Newtown Association
Proceeds to the Wales Famine Memorial Fund.

Tim Pat Coogan in Cardiff

Following a suggestion from the Wales Famine Forum in early summer, 1999, the Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning arranged a Day School on Saturday 20 November at which Tim Pat Coogan, former Editor of the long vanished Irish Press and author of a classic history of the IRA, was to have been the principal speaker. This Day School was to have been devoted to an examination of the changing relationship between Ireland and Wales during the 150 years from 1849 when Punch and other English journals and newspapers routinely portrayed the starving Irish as apes to 1999 when the Emerald Isle is often referred to as the ‘Celtic Tiger’. Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances the event had to be cancelled at very short notice.
We are now pleased to announce that Tim Pat Coogan will deliver a free public lecture at 7.30 p.m.on Thursday 10 February, 2000. This will be at the Wallis Lecture Theatre in the Main Building, Cardiff University of Wales, Museum Avenue, Cathays Park, Cardiff. The subject of the lecture will be:

Famine to Friendship:
Wales and Ireland Then and Now

Ceremony of Remembrance and Reflection

Wales National Great Famine Memorial

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff
Friday 17 March, 2000
St. Patrick’s Day
Commencing at 11.00 am
Draft Programme
(to be confirmed)

1. Address of Welcome: John Sweeney, Chairman, Wales Famine Forum.

2. Reading in Irish and English: Na Fataí Bána (‘The White Potatoes’): Conor O’Riordan, Consul General of Ireland in Wales.

3. Two readings from the Bible (each one chosen by its reader) as follows:
a) In Welsh: The Reverend Matthew Hill of St. Michael's (Church in Wales), Cathays, Cardiff representing The Right Reverend Dr. Barry Morgan, Bishop of Llandaff.
b) In English: Reverend Canon Patrick Daly representing His Grace J.A. Ward, Archbishop of Cardiff.

3. Famine Then and Now – a meditation:
Dr. Harri Pritchard-Jones

4. One minute’s silence.

5. Ecumenical service conducted by clergy representing the various churches in Wales. Details of this part of the ceremony will be finalised later in consultation with those taking part.

6. Hymn: Hail Glorious St. Patrick

7. Dispersal.


a) The ceremony will be preceded by a special Mass at St. Joseph’s, New Zealand Road, Cathays. Celebrated by the Rector, the Reverend Father S.F. Marriott, I.C., it will commence at 9.15 a.m.

b) Fr. Marriott (Tel: 411819) cordially invites the clergy of all denominations to visit the Presbytery after Mass. Coffee/tea will be served and facilities for robing will be provided.

c) The ceremony will be followed by a ‘wake’ (with refreshments and entertainment) at St. Peter’s Rugby Club, 118 Newport Road, Cardiff.

The Wales National Eisteddfod: Series of Lectures

During the last National Eisteddfod in south Wales, at Pencoed, Bridgend in August, 1998, the Wales Famine Forum arranged a series of four lectures in Welsh on aspects of Welsh/Irish relationships in the 19th/20th centuries. We are now planning a similar series during the National Eisteddfod at Llanelli, August 5 – 13, 2000. This second series will, we hope, consist of one lecture per day, in Welsh, from Monday 7th to Friday 12th of August inclusive. Each lecture will deal with aspects of the history of the Irish communities in Newport, Cardiff, Port Talbot, Swansea and in Llanelli itself.

NB: This programme is provisional – it has yet to be confirmed.

Published in The Green Dragon No 9, Winter 1999