Page 2, 8th August 1958

8th August 1958
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Page 2, 8th August 1958 — CATHOLICS AND THE EISTEDDFOD

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People: Mary Walsh
Locations: Manchester


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SIR.-During a recent enjoyable

holiday in Anglesey I visited the International Eisteddfod at Llangollen and there in a perfect setting watched dancers from all over the world-and. judging from religious emblems worn by them, a very large number were Catholics.

Several of the parties had their own priests with them, and they seemed to get a very warm welcome from visiting English and Welsh speaking priests. and were the target for much attention from young autograph hunters. What did seem sad was the absence of English Catholic competitors. I only saw one group of Irish dancers-who came , I believe. from Yorkshire.

On the following day. when the competition was for choirs, there was a Loreto Convent choir from Ireland, and two of the American girls' choirs had Catholic members.

I thought of the work being done all over England by Catholic societies and by cultural groups, and it did seem a pity that they were not represented at this wonderful festival of music and song.

Is it possible that a Catholic centre could he established at the Eisteddfod and that more interest be shown by Catholics?

I feel it would be a way to stimulate interest in and love of the church in Wales, where, with very hard work on the part of the Bishops and priests, lovely churches are being built. It would be a great opportunity for Catholics of all nations to meet.

Mary Walsh, S.R.M., S.C.M.

Doriscourt Nursing Home. Upper Chorlion Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, 16.

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