Canolfan yr Atom celebrates 5 years


Canolfan yr Atom, Carmarthen is celebrating its 5th birthday this month.

Canolfan yr Atom, Carmarthen is celebrating its 5th birthday this month.

Yr Atom was officially opened in October 2015 following the purchase of the building by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David with the support of a grant from the Welsh Government Capital Investment Fund, to establish a Welsh Language Centre in Carmarthen. The university invested further and developed the building to include a café and various rooms to host social, leisure and business events for the whole community.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones is the Provost of the university campus in Carmarthen and the person who led the project to open the Centre in Carmarthen. He said:

“The University prides itself on the success of Yr Atom during the first five years of its existence. By working closely with other partners and organisations, it has certainly created more confidence amongst Welsh speakers and led to a number of important activities to promote the language in the town of Carmarthen. We wish the centre all the best over the next five years and hope that it can build on what has already been achieved.”

Carys Ifan, Director of Yr Atom and Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, said:

“Wood is the celebration of 5 years of marriage and in celebrating Yr Atom's 5 year existence in Carmarthen, the town of Merlin’s oak, it feels very fitting.

Yr Atom's roots are now planted in the community and it is the home of many businesses and organisations that promote the Welsh language and work bilingually. The Welsh language has grown with all the children who have attended Cylch Meithrin Myrddin and the hundreds of adults who have attended Welsh lessons at the centre.

We look forward to continuing the aim of making the Welsh language visible in the town and our work with various partners.”

In partnership with the County Council, the National Centre for Learning Welsh and Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr, Yr Atom works closely with the local business community, local groups and organisations to provide a programme of language courses as well as a large number of recreation activities. Before the lock-down period up to 150 learners attended weekly lessons at the centre.

Councillor Peter Hughes-Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, added:

"The presence of Yr Atom since its opening has been very important linguistically in the town of Carmarthen.

The place is now a centre for the Welsh language and related activity. The variety of activities attracts people of all ages and backgrounds to use the language in such a purposeful atmosphere.

We look forward to the future with confidence and wish Yr Atom every success."

As well as being a venue for activities, Yr Atom is also home to a number of organisations and community groups, such as Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr; Menter a Busnes, Cylch Meithrin Caerfyrddin and Merched y Wawr. Many local businesses are also tenants of the building including Esgidiau CiC Shoes on King Street.

Dan Rowbotham is the Atom Coordinator. He noted:

"There is no doubt that Yr Atom has established itself as the town's Welsh language centre, offering opportunities to learn, socialise, work and enjoy in Welsh.

We very much look forward to welcoming our friends, old and new, back to the centre soon and for it to continue to be a vibrant and busy centre for the residents of Carmarthen."

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be very different celebrations at yr Atom on this occasion. To mark this milestone, Yr Atom will be celebrating online, on social media and in the company of the Cylch Meithrin children. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration by visiting the centre's social media accounts. See the links below: 

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 07384 467076 /