Holyhead

Stories focused on Holyhead, Anglesey, and its coastal surrounds.

Holyhead in Focus

Holyhead is the largest town on Holy Island, Anglesey. The town is best known for its role as a major seaport and it boasts an over 200-year old ferry link with Ireland. Although Holyhead remained a comparatively small fishing village until around…

An RNLI Gold Medal Rescue | Medal Aur yr RNLI am Achub

The Duke of Northumberland lifeboat was revolutionary in that she used water jets instead of propellers. Water was drawn in through the forward section of hull and forced out at great pressure through the vents in the side of the boat. This made it a…

The First Irish Sea Balloon Crossing: Success

The race to be the first to cross the Irish Sea by hot air balloon would turn out to be a family affair. After James Sadler’s high-profile attempt failed in October 1812, the baton was taken up by his 20-year-old aeronaut son, Windham Sadler, in…

Mary’s Monologue | Monolog Mair

The tragic torpedo attack of RMS Leinster on the 10th October, 1918, is recorded as the biggest loss of life in the Irish Sea. Out of 680 souls, 501 souls lost their lives (with 66 more discovered since the official record was submitted). Many of the…

The Worst Spot in Wales | Y Lle Gwaethaf yng Nghymru

In September of 1727, Jonathan Swift embarked on a return trip to Ireland from London. Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Swift was riding high on the success of his recently published Gulliver’s Travels. He was also though anxious for news of…

Geoff Charles in Holyhead | Geoff Charles yng Nghaergybi

Geoff Charles (1909-2002) was an outstanding photojournalist from Wales. Over the course of four decades, he captured all aspects of life in Wales, particularly in the Welsh-speaking areas. In the 1930s, he worked for several Welsh newspapers. Later…

Born of Flint

Born of Flint, but not made of stone. Steely aspect, but not to those who know. With gimlet eyes, serious, he looks so serious, as is only proper for a man responsible for his crew, his passengers and his ship. But we know differently; his…

St. Columba, Saint and Ship | Sant Columba, Sant a Llong

One of the most fascinating and certainly the largest objects on display at the Museum is the Franta Belsky mural that once graced the Forward Lounge on the Holyhead ship MV St. Columba. The vessel was named after the 6th Century Irish monk who…

Holyhead Breakwater Country Park

Park warden Wil Stewart sat down with Ports, Past and Present and talked about the fascinating origins of the country park and what prospective visitors can expect to find here, ranging from wildlife over spectacular views across the coast to public…

Mynydd Twr

Cynefin, cynefinoedd habitat, accustomed, conversant, familiar, intimate Hiraeth grief, homesickness, longing, nostalgia, wistfulness -Geiriadur Prifysgol Bangor University Cynefin. Roots. Familiarity. The pull that breeds Hiraeth…

Salt, or Evelyn on the Shore | Halen, neu Evelyn ar y Lan

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”―Rudyard Kipling. I love visiting Museums. You’ll always hear Writers and Storytellers say that stories, in whatever form, bind us and that we can only really learn how to…

The Mermaid's Purse | Pwrs y Fôr-forwyn

Gillian has put a little mistake in this poem! Listen carefully. Can you spot what it is? What word would you use instead? “C’mon, we’ll go down The Mermaid and collect some firewood on the way.” They’re my Grandma’s words. She lived in…