Branwen, Gwenllian and Llio were three very beautiful girls from the New Quay area. They lived with their gentleman father in a large mansion on the rocks above the beach. Every day, the girls would walk along the beach and listen to the small waves whispering on the breeze.
‘Branwen, Gwenllian, Llio – the prettiest girls in the world.’
The waves carried the story of the girls’ beauty all over the world. Everyone was amazed to see their bright blue eyes, silky skin and long, golden hair. Their story carried through the waves and down to the depths of the sea to the mermaids and to Dylan, King of the Sea, who lived underwater in his coral and crystal castle.
One day, Dylan decided that he would have to go to New Quay to see the beautiful girls for himself. He swam through the waves and raised his head above the water. Dylan could not believe how beautiful the girls were. After going back to his castle beneath the sea that night, he decided that he would have to have the three sisters to live with him.
The next night, there was a frightening storm in the New Quay area. The wind whipped the waves along the beach and washed over the fishermen's boats in the harbour. The water swelled up, lapping the rocks around the mansion above and frightened everyone. Branwen thought she heard the sound of someone calling outside the mansion and decided to go to the door to see what was wrong. As soon as she opened the door, it slammed shut behind her and she disappeared into the night. Gwenllian went to see what had happened to her sister and as soon as she opened the door, it shut again and she disappeared into the night. Only Llio was left now, and as she began to worry about her sisters, she went over to the door and opened it. As soon as she did, she could feel the sea waves covering her feet and the foam on her cheeks. Then she felt a hand on her shoulder – the wet hand of Dylan, King of the Sea.
By morning, the storm had calmed down. The father got up and suddenly realised his daughters weren't there. He sent his servants down to the village to look for them and soon, one of them came back, out of breath. He had been talking to a fisherman in the village who had been out the night before looking at his boat when he saw long golden hair in the waves of the sea. The father was heartbroken. He knew that Branwen, Gwenllian and Llio had long golden hair.
In his coral and crystal castle beneath the sea was Dylan, King of the Sea. Although he had managed to capture Branwen, Gwenllian and Llio to live with him beneath the waves, it was clear that the girls were not at all happy. They had a feeling of hiraeth – longing for their father, for New Quay and their life on land. Although Dylan had had his wish, he was not happy to see the tears in the eyes of the most beautiful girls in the world. He realised he would have to do something to comfort them. The girls could never go back to live with their father. He tried to think how he could make them part of the sea and part of the land at the same time. Then he had an idea. He turned all three into beautiful, white seagulls. Now they could fly back to land to their father by day and come back to him to his castle beneath the sea by night.
So, every day the three gulls flew back to New Quay beach, where their father still walked back and forth every day looking for them. The three would land next to him and keep him company. The father suddenly came to realise that the three beautiful gulls were his daughters, but his longing for them still broke his heart.
The girls also still felt their hiraeth. And they say that that is why every gull’s cry sounds so sad, even today. They are still longing for
‘Branwen, Gwenllian, Llio – the prettiest girls in the world.’
Year of the Sea 2018
Down to the sea again
Beaches, breakers, boulders, boats…
Did you know that the Welsh Government designated 2018 the Year of the Sea?
The purpose of the Year of the Sea was to celebrate the beautiful coastline of Wales and attract visitors from all over the world to enjoy life along its shores.
The Year of the Sea in 2018 gave people the opportunity to think again about Wales by promoting
.. that is, everything that makes Wales a unique place for visitors.
What was the great message of the Year of the Sea?
The great message of the Year of the Sea was Our Epic Shores. Shores also include Welsh lakes and rivers. The year showed how incredible Wales is as a country – from the sea to the top of the mountain!
If you would like to read more, visit: visitwales.com
Disaster strikes Pembrokeshire coast
The night of the 15th February 1996 was one of the darkest in Pembrokeshire's coastal history when the oil tanker, MV Sea Empress, got into difficulties at the mouth of Milford Haven harbour, causing its cargo of oil to spill into the sea. At the time, it was the third worst oilspill in British history, and the pollution had a disastrous effect on the Pembrokeshire coast for many years afterwards. Huge numbers of wildlife, including birds, fish and plants, were killed.
The MV Sea Empress was bound for the Cleddau estuary and the Texaco oil refinery at Milford Haven with its cargo of oil when the accident occurred. Just after eight o'clock at night, sailing against the tide, the tanker was driven off course into the middle of the river channel, where it struck rocks, splitting its side. 73,000 tonnes of its 130,000 tonnes of oil spilled into the sea causing serious damage in an area that was part of the Pembrokeshire National Park.
210 kilometres of coastline was covered in crude oil following the MV Sea Empress disaster, and the clean-up cost around £60 million.
Excellent! If you are reading this letter, my plan has succeeded! I put this letter safely in a bottle and threw it into the Atlantic waves on the day of my fifteenth birthday. It was all an experiment – to see if a letter in a bottle could cross the high seas and reach someone at the other side of the world – ideally someone from Wales!
My name is Maria Gonzalez Jones and I live in the town of Porth Madryn on the coast of Patagonia, which is part of Argentina. I go to school here in town and speak Welsh and Spanish with my family and friends.
It may be difficult for you to believe, but my great grandmother was from Wales. Yes, really! Probably from South Wales. That is how our family still speaks Welsh. He came across the sea here to South America in 1865 with Michael D. Jones and the first migrants who came here to Patagonia in search of a new life.
I enjoy living here in Porth Madryn. It's a busy seaside town and I love going for a walk down to the seaside with friends in the summer.
I wanted to send this letter to see if the waves could carry it, with our family’s fond regards, all the way back to Wales – or anywhere on the other side of the Atlantic, in fact.
Please send me a reply!
Lots of love from your new friend,
Ball returned to Irish girl…
22 January 2021
Aoife Ní Niocaill lost her ball on Woodstown beach, Waterford, in the Republic of Ireland but now expects it to be posted back to her.
Aoife told an Irish news service "I kicked the ball into the middle of a stream... the current was too strong and took it out too far for me to get it."
Seven days later, a lady was walking along Llanrhystud beach in Ceredigion picking up litter, when she found the ball. Aline Denton saw the ball on the beach. She was about to put the ball in her rubbish sack, when she saw a name written on it. Aoife had written her name on the ball because her brother had one just the same.
Aline said “I happened to see the ball and I was about to put it in the bag, and suddenly I saw Aoife's name... I knew it was an Irish name, and I could see the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) logo as well so it was obvious it had come from Ireland."
That afternoon, she took pictures of the ball and posted them on her Facebook page. About five hours later, Ruairí Mac Niocaill, Aoife's father, received a message from a friend with a picture of the ball saying he had found it on Facebook.
He posted a comment on the picture on Aline's Facebook page saying: "I am Aoife's father! She is ten years old and lost her ball on Woodstown beach in County Waterford last Sunday”.
Following the coverage on the Facebook page Aline Denton intends posting the ball back to Aoifie in Waterford.
The power of social media is far-reaching! What a wonderful world!
Seals - It is possible to see seals around the coast of Pembrokeshire, especially in the area of Ramsey Island, and on the Llŷn peninsula, for example.
Dolphin - It is possible to see dolphins swimming in several places along the coast of Wales, Anglesey to the Llŷn Peninsula in Gwynedd, New Quay in Ceredigion, Skomer in Pembrokeshire and the South Wales coast.
Orca Whale - The orca whale is the biggest member of the dolphin family. It can measure up to 7 metres in length. The orca whales has been spotted several times in search for food in the area of Mwnt, Ceredigion.
Black skate - Black skates have been seen swimming in the sea along the coast of South Wales, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. They can be dangerous if they sting you.
Wrasse - A colourful fish that can be found in the sea in the north of Cardigan Bay. The wrasse is one of the few fish that can change their sex
Wales Coast Path App
The Wales Coast Path is jam packed with fantastic views, glorious wildlife entwined with a rich and vibrant Welsh culture steeped in history and folklore.
The bilingual Wales Coast Path app brings together these unique elements using cutting edge technology to inspire you and your families to discover more about this coastal route, one of a few in the world to follow an entire nation’s coastline.