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Santes Dwynwen

Move over St Valentine. On 25 January each year we celebrate St Dwynwen, our very own patron saint of lovers. One of 5th-century King Brychan of Brycheiniog’s many (apparently 24!) daughters, Dwynwen’s doomed romance with a prince called Maelon saw her swear off marriage and devote her life to the church. She became known for acting on behalf of Welsh romantics, asking God to meet the hopes and dreams of all true lovers.

Dwynwen found solitude at the convent she established on Anglesey’s Llanddwyn Island. The convent is long gone, though the remains of 16th-century St Dwynwen’s Church stand in its former location. Lovely Llanddwyn (a tidal promontory normally accessible on foot) is still a site of pilgrimage for those with love in their hearts (if you’re planning to propose, it’s the perfect place to pop the question). There’s also a holy well reputedly populated with eels that can predict your romantic future. If they jump when you visit, you’re sure to be lucky in love.

 

 

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