Eirian Llwyd, tribute paid to artist and wife of political leader

Published date: 03 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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An artist and wife of a leading politician has passed away.

Eirian Llwyd, originally from Prion near Denbigh was the wife of former Plaid Cymru leader,AM and MP for Ynys Mon Ieuan Wyn Jones.

She passed away at Ysbyty Gwynedd after a short illness.
Mrs Llwyd was also the mother of three children, Gerallt, Gwenllian and Owain and grandmother to six grandchildren.

In a statement her family said: “Eirian’s contribution has been invaluable – she gave a lifetime of love to her friends and family, a lifetime of service to her nation and to humanity, and more recently she worked with great passion in the field of the arts.

“She qualified as a nurse in Liverpool in 1969-73 and then worked as a midwife at St Asaph Hospital.

"Born at Prion, near Denbigh, she passionately loved her native area. Wherever she spent time, she regularly returned to Tanywaen, the family farm, from which she derived inspiration and strength. Her brother John and her sister Bethan meant so much to her.

“She married Ieuan in 1974 – over forty years of love and firm friendship.

“Eirian gave him every support during his political career as Member of Parliament, Assembly Member, Leader of Plaid Cymru and as Deputy First Minister in the One Wales Government.

“She worked to promote women’s position in politics, and was responsible for amendments to Plaid’s constitution in the 1980s and for securing women a more prominent place on Plaid’s major committees.

“Eirian was responsible for establishing the Rhyl branch of Women’s Aid in the 1970s and 1980s.

“She persuaded Clwyd County Council and the Borough Council to fund a women’s refuge in the town, and helped to secure a temporary home for women and children who were victims of domestic violence. She campaigned vigorously to change attitudes within local agencies, such as social services departments, the health service and the police.

Altough qualified as a nurse Mrs Llwyd took a change of direction and became an artist in the 1990s.

With two friends, she established The Original Print Place, to bring the original prints of a number of prominent Welsh artists to the attention of a wider audience. She launched the enterprise by having a stand at the National Eisteddfod’s Exhibition Hall, and the work has now been exhibited at several Welsh galleries, including Ucheldre at Holyhead, Plas Glyn y Weddw at Llanbedrog, Wrexham and Cardiff. Recently, the work of Welsh printmakers was taken to Brussels and Amsterdam.

Eirian convened meetings of printmakers across Wales and sought to persuade them to establish a Print Council in Wales.

Her family went on to say: “In many respects, Eirian was a pioneer, a principled campaigner with a clear vision of what needed to be done, in whichever area she worked. To many of her contemporaries and colleagues, she was an inspiration.

“Eirian’s faith was unshakeable, and during her illness, she displayed extraordinary resilience, facing all that came her way with grace and dignity. We came to know her better, and her family and close friends were privileged to be in her company. We are better people because of her.”

 

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