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Euro 2020 dragon monolith removed from castle because of vandalism

04 Jun 2021 2 minutes Read
One of the monoliths. Picture by Cadw

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) says it has been “forced” to remove a Euro 2020 dragon monolith from a castle because of vandalism.

A total of 26 FA Wales dragon monoliths, called DreigiauCymru, were placed at Cadw sites this summer to represent the official Wales squad for the tournament.

However, the one which represents the winger Harry Wilson had to be moved Flint Castle to Basingwerk Abbey, in Holywell.

The monoliths were installed at historical sites across Wales prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 squad announcement on Sunday.

Each player chosen to represent Cymru at this summer’s tournament has been assigned a castle or historical site across the country, which fans can visit and log their progress as they aim to complete their digital sticker book on TogetherStronger.Cymru.

A spokesperson for the FAW said: “Harry Wilson’s #DreigiauCymru monolith has been moved from Flint Castle to Basingwerk Abbey, Holywell.

“Unfortunately some of our #DreigiauCymru monoliths have been forced to move locations due to vandalism.

“They are for everyone to enjoy & celebrate the Cymru players who’ll represent our proud country on the world stage at #EURO2020. Gorau Chwarae Cyd Chwarae.”

‘Visit’ 

Fans will be able to visit the dragons throughout the tournament and share a selfie on social media using the #DreigiauCymru hashtag.

The FAW said that they see Welsh history, culture and language as a key part of its identity and the aim of the partnership is to raise awareness of our history whilst encouraging fans to visit the Cadw sites as part of an active lifestyle.

Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, will also be offering FAW Red Wall members 20% off Cadw membership for the duration of the tournament.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
11 months ago

Were they made of fibre glass? I was worried they would be blown away or carried away! But vandalism, who would have thought…

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
11 months ago

Couldn’t you let Welsh international football have its moment in the sun for as long as they’re in the tournament? For a small country with a relatively low sports budget they’ve done fantastically well to be among the big boys in two successive championships, and it’s important to a lot of Welsh people in terms of national pride. These monoliths aren’t going to be there for ever.

Suns ine De se ts
Suns ine De se ts
11 months ago
Reply to  Wrexhamian

A fair point. I have no problem with football, and all the best to the team. Its just a shame Cadw are determined to turn ancient monuments into theme parks.

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