Press Statement from the National Eisteddfod

29 July 2016

There have been calls for the Gorsedd of the Bards to honour the Welsh football team at this year’s Eisteddfod, following their success at the Euros over the summer.    We are very proud of the success of the team, and they were invited to come along to the Monmouthshire and District Eisteddfod.

The Gorsedd of Bards is a separate organisation to the National Eisteddfod,  although there is a close relationship between the two bodies.  The Eisteddfod plays no role in the nominating and honouring of individuals, or in any decision made by the Gorsedd Board.

Like everyone and everything else, the Gorsedd has its rules and only Gorsedd members have the right to nominate or second individuals to be honoured, and of course, it is essential that the person nominated speaks Welsh.

The process for this year’s nominations closed at the end of February, and in accordance with Gorsedd rules, it is not possible to re-open nominations once the deadline has passed.

Gorsedd officials have no right to present any honours outside this system, as the Honours Panel is responsible for deciding which applications are eligible.

No member of the Welsh football team were nominated for the Gorsedd and no member of the team was refused the honour.

Over the coming months Gorsedd members will be able to consider and nominate individuals who have made a great contribution to the nation, either over many years of recently.  We will see who will be nominated and honoured at the Anglesey National Eisteddfod next year.