March 17 is St Patrick’s Day and a chance for Irish people around the world to celebrate their patron saint. But did you know that Saint Patrick was a Welsh speaker?

There has been much debate on the exact birthplace of Saint Patrick. Some say that he was born in the south of Scotland, others claim that he was born in Banwen in the Dulais Valley. But most experts believe he was born in Ravenglass, Cumbria, where his father was a deacon during Roman Britain.

Ravenglass was part of the old Brythonic realm of Rheged where the language spoken was Brythonic  - which later developed into Old Welsh.

Whatever the truth you can explore the connection between Saint Patrick and Banwen by taking a special walk in the Dulais Valley in Neath Port Talbot. Click here for more information.

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