“We are delighted to learn that three of the county's young people came out on top in three of the Urdd's major virtual Eisteddfod competitions last week 'Eisteddfod T,'” said Plaid Cymru’s Gwynedd Leader, Dyfrig Siencyn (pictured, far right).
- Cai Fôn Davies from Penrhosgarnedd won the festival's composer's medal (Mon 25 May)
- Mared Fflur Jones from Brithdir was awarded the main literary prize of the festival (Thurs, 28 May)
- Osian Wyn Owen from Felinheli took the prize for the main Eisteddfod poet competition on the last day, Friday 29 May.
“It is always a pleasure to see the youth of Gwynedd succeeding,” said Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn.
"I would like to join the whole nation in congratulating Mared, Cai and Osian on their achievements and wish them every success and prosperity as they continue to nurture their talents."
Brithdir, Llanfachreth, Y Ganllwyd and Llanelltyd Councillor, Peredur Jenkins added: "It was a pleasure to hear that a local girl, Mared Fflur Jones from Fronalchen, Brithdir, came out on top as this year's Urdd Eisteddfod chief literary prize winner. Locally we take great pride in her achievement and warmly congratulate her on her success. She is a talented girl, succeeding in different activities, and we are proud that one of our own has reached the top - we wish her all the best for the future. ”
Penrhosgarnedd Councillor, Menna Baines was also delighted to hear of the success of a young man from her Ward: “I am delighted that Cai Fôn was awarded the principal composer at the Urdd’s Eisteddfod T 2020. He has competed, nurtured his talent and his musical abilities both on and off the stage for many years and his hard work and efforts have certainly paid off. He is a credit to Bangor University, Aelwyd JMJ, Gwynedd and more importantly, to Penrhosgarnedd of course!"
Councillor Gareth Griffith, who represents Felinheli residents, said: “Huge congratulations goes to Osian or Osian Bonc, as we know him locally. We, as an area, have put up the bunting to congratulate Osian, in the past, on his achievements. Although we can't congratulate him in the same way as a community this time, we are delighted to share in his pride.”
Dolgellau Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn added: “I would also like to congratulate all the children and young people from across Gwynedd who have succeeded and starred at Eisteddfod T. The talent we have within the county is astounding and the experiences the young people have gained from being members of the Urdd are invaluable. Thank you to all the parents, teachers and trainers who have been working diligently for the last few weeks, and who have, no doubt, risen to the challenge of tackling technology at this special virtual festival.
“Finally, I would like to congratulate Urdd Gobaith Cymru for their initiative. We thank the organisation for challenging tradition, for adapting and facing COVID-19 head on. Eisteddfod T has been a completely different experience for everyone, but it has been a huge success and provided our youth with a platform and an enjoyable experience in a difficult climate. Congratulations to the Eisteddfod team, to the Urdd and its partners on their success!”