Woodland Celtic Games & Festival
Australian Celtic Festival - Glen Innes Scottish Australian Heritage Council St Davids Welsh Society of Brisbane Inc. . - Kangaroo Valley Showground, NSW (9am - 3pm) - Enquiries Live music, Pipe bands, Celtic Art, books, and History, Medieval. Welcome to the Woodland Celtic Games & Festival Next year, we are phasing in more new activities that will feature the Irish, Welsh, and Cornish cultures. We will still have all the Scottish activities you have enjoyed through the years, and feel that celebrating more Celtic events, history, education, and competitions. Celtic festivals celebrate Celtic culture, which in modern times may be via dance, Celtic music, 1 History; 2 Celtic festivals by country Other ancient festivals include the eisteddfod, which is a Welsh festival of literature, music and but without the ancient roots, the mod is a festival of Scottish Gaelic song, arts and culture.
Indeed, aside from the many Roman-related finds along the southern coast and the fully romanised area around Caerwent, Roman archaeological remains in Wales consist almost entirely of military roads and fortifications.
Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain When the Roman garrison of Britain was withdrawn inthe various British states were left self-governing. Evidence for a continuing Roman influence after the departure of the Roman legions is provided by an inscribed stone from Gwynedd dated between the late 5th century and mid 6th century commemorating a certain Cantiorix who was described as a citizen cives of Gwynedd and a cousin of Maglos the magistrate magistratus.
These tribes, including the Angles and Saxonswho later became the English, were unable to make inroads into Wales except possibly along the Severn Valley as far as Llanidloes. It has been suggested that this battle finally severed the land connection between Wales and the kingdoms of the Hen Ogledd "Old North"the Brythonic-speaking regions of what is now southern Scotland and northern Englandincluding RhegedStrathclydeElmet and Gododdinwhere Old Welsh was also spoken.
Wales was divided into a number of separate kingdoms, the largest of these being Gwynedd in northwest Wales and Powys in east Wales.
When Cadwallon was killed in battle by Oswald of Northumbriahis successor Cadafael ap Cynfeddw also allied himself with Penda against Northumbria, but thereafter Gwynedd, like the other Welsh kingdoms, was mainly engaged in defensive warfare against the growing power of Mercia.
Powys as the easternmost of the major kingdoms of Wales came under the most pressure from the English in CheshireShropshire and Herefordshire. This kingdom originally extended east into areas now in England, and its ancient capital, Pengwernhas been variously identified as modern Shrewsbury or a site north of Baschurch.
The construction of the earthwork known as Offa's Dyke usually attributed to OffaKing of Mercia in the 8th century may have marked an agreed border. This is often ascribed to the inheritance system practised in Wales. All sons received an equal share of their father's property including illegitimate sonsresulting in the division of territories.
However, the Welsh laws prescribe this system of division for land in general, not for kingdoms, where there is provision for an edling or heir to the kingdom to be chosen, usually by the king. Any son, legitimate or illegitimate, could be chosen as edling and there were frequently disappointed candidates prepared to challenge the chosen heir. Rhodri's grandson, Hywel Dda Hywel the Goodformed the kingdom of Deheubarth by joining smaller kingdoms in the southwest and had extended his rule to most of Wales by Hywel followed a policy of peace with the English.
On his death in his sons were able to keep control of Deheubarth but lost Gwynedd to the traditional dynasty of this kingdom. According to the chronicle Brut y TywysogionGodfrey Haroldson carried off two thousand captives from Anglesey inand the king of Gwynedd, Maredudd ab Owain is reported to have redeemed many of his subjects from slavery by paying the Danes a large ransom.
Originally king of Gwynedd, by he was ruler of Wales and had annexed parts of England around the border.
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He ruled Wales with no internal battles  until he was defeated by Harold Godwinson in and killed by his own men. His territories were again divided into the traditional kingdoms. The construction of this castle between and by Gilbert de Clare led to a dispute between Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and the English crown, one of the issues which led to the wars of and and the end of Welsh independence At the time of the Norman conquest of England inthe dominant ruler in Wales was Bleddyn ap Cynfynwho was king of Gwynedd and Powys.
By the forces of the Earl of Shrewsbury were ravaging Deheubarth.
In Gruffudd ap Cynanwho had just won the throne of Gwynedd from Trahaearn ap Caradog at the Battle of Mynydd Carn was enticed to a meeting with the Earl of Chester and Earl of Shrewsbury and promptly seized and imprisoned, leading to the seizure of much of Gwynedd by the Normans.
Effigy wrongly alleged to be of Rhys ap Gruffydd in St David's Cathedral Inhowever, there was a general Welsh revolt against Norman rule, and gradually territories were won back. Gruffudd ap Cynan was eventually able to build a strong kingdom in Gwynedd.
Owain followed his father on the throne of Gwynedd the following year and ruled until his death in Powys also had a strong ruler at this time in Madog ap Mareduddbut when his death in was quickly followed by the death of his heir, Llywelyn ap MadogPowys was split into two parts and never subsequently reunited.
In Rhys met King Henry II and came to an agreement with him whereby Rhys had to pay a tribute but was confirmed in all his conquests and was later named Justiciar of South Wales. Rhys held a festival of poetry and song at his court at Cardigan over Christmas which is generally regarded as the first recorded Eisteddfod. Owain Gwynedd's death led to the splitting of Gwynedd between his sons, while Rhys made Deheubarth dominant in Wales for a time.
Llywelyn the Great's other son, Gruffudd had been killed trying to escape from the Tower of London in Gruffudd had left four sons, and a period of internal conflict between three of these ended in the rise to power of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd also known as Llywelyn Ein Llyw Olaf; Llywelyn, Our Last Leader. The Treaty of Montgomery in confirmed Llywelyn in control, directly or indirectly, over a large part of Wales. I was also asked to attend meetings and help plan.
What are the rewards? The rewards are seeing the community get excited each year to see all the events return, seeing those that have never been here come and awe at how great this event is and get excited about their heritage or just a few events, and to see a year of planning come together and become a greater success than the last. I get calls each year about certain bands or dancers, just making sure that they will return.
That excitement is enough to keep us together and working on this festival. Community awareness is one of our largest priorities. Above all, our individual history is something we keep forever when we share that with the communitythat is our greatest reward. Why is it an important event for the community there? It teaches the community about its founding Father Marcus Daly.
The event is held on his Mansion grounds. Marcus Daly brought many Irish and Scottish Immigrants with him and Hamilton is where he and they settled.
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Hamilton, a Scottish man who provided the right-of-way to the railroad. This is why Hamilton is here. Many people come to the festival and can remember their grandparents or parents talking about Marcus Daly and what he did here. They also talk about their heritage or they find out more about it thru the National Tartan Society and the numerous clans that attend.
Attendees also find a passion they might not of known they had.
The Highland Dance is becoming more popular and classes will begin this fall in Hamilton, a first. What can attendees expect this year? This year they can expect Great Irish and Scottish entertainment all day and into the Ceilidh on Saturday. Our Clan area will host 17 clans that can provide history on a majority of surnames from this great valley. Throughout the year we provide entertainment and historical events on many Scottish and Irish Holidays.Castle Ghosts of Wales (HD) (1995) (COMPLETE EPISODE)
On National Tartan day we try to make the community aware of why the Tartan is so important and we encourage everyone to wear their family tartan. Throughout the year we make appearances in parades, events and farmers markets to gain awareness to the festival and culture.