Deffro Mae’n Ddydd Y Ddraig Goch Ddyry GychwynSeptember 26, 2008 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Cardiff, Crest, Cymraeg, English, Motto, Portugal, Welsh | 2 Comments
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Awake it is the day! The Red Dragon will lead the way!
DEFFRO MAEN DDYDD Y DDRAIG GOCH DDYRY GYCHWYN
Thanks very much for sending me a picture of one of the two carved wooden paddles in your club!
I hope you enjoy my translation for the slogan you have found in Portugal. I guess some Welshmen must have visited Barreiro in days gone by and left these words behind.
Deffro mae’n ddydd = Awake it is the day!
Y Ddraig Goch = The Red Dragon
ddyry gychwyn = will lead the way!
Thank you very much for sending your photograph.
Here’s more background from a Welsh-English dictionary:
Y ddraig goch a ddyry cychwyn [ø dhraig gookh aa dhø-ri gøkh-win]
A line in a poem by Deio ab Ieuan Du (fl. 1450-1480), Llangynfelyn, Ceredigion
In 1953, it was added as a motto below the dragon on the royal badge of Wales - a symbol showing the authority of the English monarch over the Welsh nation.
It is literally ‘the red dragon gives a leap’ and it is taken as meaning ‘the red dragon inspires the Welsh people onward’.
In Cardiff, there is a hospital in Whitchurch that has these words on display in a crest in the main hall. According to the Archives Network Wales:
The Cardiff Lunatic Asylum was officially opened in 1908, and was later renamed as the Cardiff City Mental Hospital. Between 1914-1919 the hospital was taken over by the military.
Also, the same motto was used on the collar and cap badges of the 16th Battalion Welsh Regiment, known as The “Cardiff Pals”, during World War I.