Minister attends first-ever ‘Wales Week Dublin’ to celebrate ‘extremely important’ relationship between countries

| March 12, 2020

Welsh International Relations and the Welsh Language Minister Eluned Morgan (pictured) travelled to Ireland on 11 March to attend the first Wales Week in Dublin, writes Colin Stevens.

Designed to bridge St David’s Day and St Patrick’s Day and to promote Wales in Ireland, Wales Week Dublin runs until 13 March with the focal point of the programme hosted at Tŷ Cymru Digital Dome housed in the Custom House Quay building, also home to Dublin’s EPIC (Irish Emigration) Museum.

During her visit, the minister participated in the launch of an exciting partnership between Ireland’s world leading minority language digital platform TG Lurgan and Wales’ national voluntary youth organisation Urdd Gobaith Cymru which provides opportunities through the medium of Welsh for its 55,000 members.

The minister also launched a project that will explore the cultures between the ports in Ireland and Wales. The Ports Past and Present Project is an Ireland Wales Programme funded project and will explore the cultures of the port areas of Dublin, Rosslare, Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock.

Morgan said: “The relationship with Ireland is extremely important to us in Wales. “The Republic is our closest European neighbour and one of our most important economic partners and, as a Welsh Government, we are determined to forge far greater ties with Ireland in the months and years ahead.”

The Welsh Government has had an office in Dublin since 2012, and in May 2019 the Irish government reopened its Consulate in Cardiff, reaffirming the strong relations between Wales and Ireland. Wales Week Dublin events focus on key areas of cooperation including business; cultural relations; academia; future generations; global responsibility; tourism, heritage, creativity and language in alignment with the Welsh government’s new International Strategy.

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