14.08.17 Areth Bardh Meur Kernow, Esedhvos Kembra 2017 / Grand Bard of Cornwall’s speech, Welsh Eisteddfod 2017

Lowen of vy dos omma dhe’n Esedhvos Kembra – enor meur yw ragov vy ow honen ha rag Kernow. My a gar an solempnitys Gorsedh Kembra ha hwarvosow an Esedhvos ha’n chons dhe dhyski moy a-dro dhe’n istori ha’n ertach a Gembra. Y hwrav vy kavos didheurek hwedhel an trevesigeth Kembra yn Patagoni – ensampel a dus Keltek ow kemeres aga ertach ha’ga gonisogeth dres an norvys.

Grand Bard Merv Davey and Corolyores, Alison Davey, Welsh Eisteddfod 2017 Anglesey
Grand Bard Merv Davey and Corolyores, Alison Davey, Welsh Eisteddfod 2017 Anglesey

I am delighted to be here at the Welsh Eisteddfod, it is a great honour for me personally and for Cornwall.  I love the ceremonies of the Welsh Gorsedd, the Eisteddfod events and the opportunity to learn more about the history and heritage of Wales. I find the story of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia fascinating – an example of a Celtic people taking their heritage and culture around the world.    

Yma istori kepar ha hemma yn Kernow ha’n kemenethow balweyth hag a viajyas a-dro dhe’n bys y’n nawnsegves kansvledhen. Y’n jydh hedhyw y hyllir kavos hwath kemenethow kernewek dres an norvys oll. Mis Me my eth dhe Ostrali rag Gool Kernewek a veu synsys ena. Milyow a dus a dheuth di dhe omworra y’n wonisogeth a Gernow ha’y yeth, hy dons ha hy heginieth. My a wor bos Golyow kepar ha henna synsys dres oll an norvys gans an kemenethow broyow Keltek erel.

There is a history like this in Cornwall and the mining communities that travelled the world in the nineteenth century. Today Cornish communities can still be found throughout the world.  In May I went to Australia for the Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival. Many thousands of people came there to engage in the culture of Cornwall and it’s language, dance and cuisine. I know that Festivals like this are held around the world by communities from the other Celtic countries.

Mes nyns yw “Kernow ollvysel” aswonnys gans an Governans Loundres. I a lever bos Kernow le amelek a ranndir Soth-West ha res yw dhedhi bos omjunys ganso. My a wor bos an keth tra leverys a-dro dhe’n gwlasow Keltek erel gans an governansow a Loundres ha Paris. Wel, ni a lever bos Kernow ha’n gwlasow Keltek rann an gemeneth ollvysel ha nag yw le amalek a dhenvyth!

Bardh Meur Merv Davey (Telynyor an Werin)
Bardh Meur Merv Davey (Telynyor an Werin)

But “global Cornwall” is not recognised by the London Government. They say that Cornwall is a periphery of a South West region and must be joined in with them. I am aware that much the same is said of the other Celtic nations by the governments of London and Paris. Well we say that Cornwall and the Celtic nations are part of the global community and not a peripheral place for anyone!   

Telynyor an Weryn / Merv Davey

Bardh Meur Kernow / Grand Bard of Cornwall