Mark Drakeford to be inducted into the Gorsedd at the National Eisteddfod
Wales’ First Minister will be inducted into the Gorsedd, it has been announced.
Mark Drakeford will be honoured by Gorsedd Cymru on behalf of all out key workers and volunteers at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Ceredigion, on Friday morning 5 August.
Archdruid, Myrddin ap Dafydd, said: “The contribution of our key employees over the past two and a half years has been tremendous, and we at Gorsedd Cymru want to show our appreciation and express our thanks to each and every one of them, who did so much for us all during the pandemic.
“Therefore, it’s a great pleasure to announce that our First Minister, Mark Drakeford will be honoured by the Gorsedd on behalf of all our key workers and volunteers at this year’s Eisteddfod.
“In welcoming the First Minister to the Gorsedd, we’ll thank him for his dignified and careful leadership through the difficult years of COVID-19 and the lockdown periods, and for creating a suitable path to address the needs and concerns of the people of our country.”
Responding to the invitation of Gorsedd Cymru, the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, said, “It is a great privilege for me to receive this honour on behalf of Wales’ key workers. They did so much to help us all during the pandemic.
“It’s important that we thank them for their heroic work during a difficult period for everyone”.
The First Minister will be honoured by the Gorsedd at 11:00 on Friday 5 August on the Eisteddfod Maes. A list of the others honoured by the Gorsedd is available here.
These names were originally published in July 2020, but due to COVID-19, have been unable to be honoured until now.
The Ceredigion National Eisteddfod is held on the outskirts of Tregaron from 30 July – 6 August. For more information, visit the website
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Trist iawn gweld nad yw Meic Stevens heb derbyn ystyriaeth unwaith eto. Mae e ymhell dros ei 80 oed ac mae ei gyfraniad i gerddoriaeth Cymraeg ac i’r sin Werin Cymreig tu hwnt i Gymru wedi bod yn amrhisiadwy…….cam gwag eto i beidio ystyried cyfraniad y werin bobl.
Mae Meic yn aelod ers eisteddfod Tyddewi,pryd bynnag oedd honno.
Sut y gwyddoch chi fod Meic yn aelod o’r Orsedd, neu beidio? Lle mae’r rhestr o aelodau?
Then the selection process of the Gorsedd is beyond redemptio, Honouring Mark Drakeford before we see sight of the Covid 19 public enquiry is disgenuous to say the least, at the start Mark Drakeford was opposed to mandatory mask wearing !
Quite frankly, this decision to honour Mark Drakeford is a bitter pill to take and undermines the eisteddfod.
While some people may have a positive, or very positive opinion of Mark Drakeford, I don’t think that the Gorsedd is the place to grant recognition. Perhaps an Honorary Doctorate or some other type of gong but his work has seldom if ever impacted upon the culture and heritage of this nation.
In reply to Lewys ap Madoc and hdavies15 the only essential thing for Gorsedd membership is the ability to speak Welsh.I am sorry to disappoint you,but it is not a Plaid Cymru enclave.
I’m glad to have it confirmed that the Gorsedd isn’t a Plaid enclave. My point is that it is recruiting people who have little or no connection to the cultural life of the nation. A poet who might be a Tory would be more acceptable but there again the fashion for “cancelling” would probably prevent that.
Rhaid i aelodau siarad Cymraeg? Wir? Be, medru deud iechyd da, neu diolch yn fawr? Mae Cymraeg yr hen Mark wedi gwella, chwarae teg. Ond wn i ddim am bawb sydd ar y rhestr yn Nhregaron.