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Did you know that what is regarded as the first eisteddfod took place in Cardigan Castle in 1176? The event was held on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, part of the celebrations to mark the completion of the castle (begun in 1171) and to honour its builder, Rhys ap Grufydd. Musical victor was one of Rhys’ own household; the bardic title was bestowed on a man from Gwynedd.

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