Y Fro Gymraeg
(literally 'The Welsh Language Area', pronounced ) is a name often used to refer to the linguistic area in Wales
where the Welsh language
is used by the majority or a large part of the population; it is the heartland of the Welsh language and comparable in that respect to the Gàidhealtachd
of Scotland and Gaeltacht
of Ireland. However, unlike its equivalent in Ireland
, Y Fro Gymraeg does not at present have official government recognition.
The recognition of a "powerhouse"
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The importance of Y Fro Gymraeg powerhouse to the rest of Wales was formulated over a few months by a Bangor
college lecturer, Owain Owain
in January 1964, when he published in his Tafod y Ddraig
magazine a map outlining Y Fro. In an article dated the 12th of November 1964, he wrote: Enillwn y Fro Gymraeg, ac fe enillir Cymru, ac oni enillir Y Fro Gymraeg, nid Cymru a enillir
("We win Y Fro Gymraeg, and Wales will be won, and unless Y Fro Gymraeg is won, Wales will not be won").
This stress on the importance of protecting Y Fro Gymraeg became an important element in the policy of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg
(the Welsh Language Society
) and would later be reflected in the activities... Read More