Merthyr Tydfil (Welsh: Merthyr Tudful) is a town and county borough in south Wales, with a population of about 55,000. It was formerly in the historic county of Glamorgan.
The town has held many cultural events. Local poets and writers hold poetry evenings in the town, and music festivals are organised at Cyfarthfa Castle and Park. With this in mind, Merthyr's Welsh Language and Initiative Centre are working on a new project to transform the Zoar Chapel and the adjacent vestry building in Pontmorlais into a community arts venue. The project, if successful, will provide a focal point for the arts in Merthyr Tydfil.
The town has also developed schemes to encourage young people to take an active part in society and develop the town in which they live. Merthyr Youth Forum was established for those between the ages of 11 - 25 wanting to make a difference to their own community.
Merthyr Tydfil's Central Library, which is in a prominent position in the centre of the town, is a Carnegie library.
The local rugby union club, Merthyr RFC, is known as 'the Ironmen'. Merthyr RFC was one of the twelve founding clubs of the Welsh Rugby Union in 1881.
Merthyr Tydfil hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1881 and 1901 and the national Urdd Gobaith Cymru Eisteddfod in 1987.
The football club, Merthyr Tydfil F.C., or 'The Martyrs', play in the Southern Football League. The town was once home to a fully-professional Football League club, Merthyr Town F.C., but it folded in the 1930s. Both clubs have played their games at Penydarren Park.
Penydarren Country XI Cricket Club were founded in 1971 and currently play at the ICI Rifle Fields Ground.
Merthyr Tydfil also hosts regular wrestling events at the town centre's Studio Bar, run by Wales` premier professional wrestling promotion Celtic Wrestling.
Merthyr is particularly known for its boxing competitors, both amateur and professional boxers. Some famous professional pugilists from the town include: Johnny Owen, Howard Winstone, and Eddie Thomas.
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