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NEWS: GĦAMLULNA ĠIEĦ awarded SIS Grant

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During a ceremony organised by the Malta Council for Voluntary Sector and lead by Hon Dr Helena Dalli, Minister for Civil Liberties, Social Dialogue and Consumer Affairs, Wirt iż-Żejtun was awarded grant aid to fulfil its project GĦAMLULNA ĠIEĦ (they … Continue reading

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NEWS: Wirt iż-Żejtun dedicates 2016 to Maestro Carlo Diacono

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At the end of the Annual General Meeting, held yesterday, Perit Ruben Abela, Wirt iż-Żejtun President, informed  the members that this year is going to be dedicated to Maestro Carlo Diacono, 140 years since his birth. Born at Zejtun on … Continue reading

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NEWS: Annual General Meeting 2016

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This morning Wirt iz-Zejtun held its Annual General Meeting for 2016 at the Guzeppina Curmi Hall, Zejtun. During the meeting the Secretary, Ms Traceyanne Vella Cumbo, presented the annual report for 2015 while the Treasurer, Mr Jesmond Cutajar presented the … Continue reading

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NEWS: Wirt iż-Żejtun strongly objecting to development at il-Munxar

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Following the publication of an advert by MEPA on the Sunday newspapers notifying and inviting the public to send their comments on a proposed “agritourism” project at il-Munxar, St Thomas Bay. Wirt iż-Żejtun went on Facebook to raise public awareness … Continue reading

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NEWS: The logo to commemorate the 5th Anniversary


Wirt_Zejtun_Logo_jpegThis is the logo which will be used by Wirt iż-Żejtun during the coming months to commemorate the 5th Anniversary since its foundation.

The logo was designed by the Gozitan artist Mr Marvik Muscat and was chosen following a competition held during the summer months

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NEWS: PM presented with Wirt iż-Żejtun publication

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This afternoon the executive committee of Wirt iż-Żejtun visited the Prime Minister at his office in Auberge de Castille in Valletta. During this visit the Prime Minister was presented with the latest publication of Wirt iż-Żejtun, “The Turkish Raid of … Continue reading

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NEWS: New Executive Committee visits HE President of Malta

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During the Annual General Meeting of the organisation Wirt iż-Żejtun,which was held on Sunday, 25th January 2015, Ruben Abela was confirmed as President, TraceyAnne Cumbo as Secretary, Jesmond Cutajar as Treasurer, Marcelle Cannataci as PRO and Samuel Falzon, Michael Aquilina … Continue reading

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NEWS: Donation of Wirt iż-Żejtun publications for Public Libraries

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On Friday 5th December committee representatives of Wirt iż-Żejtun presented the Minister of Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo, in the presence of the Permanent Secretary, Mr Joseph Caruana and the Director of the National Archives, Mr Oliver Mamo, with 100 … Continue reading

NEWS: Our second publication – “The Turkish Raid of 1614”


Wirt iż-Żejtun has launched its second publication, this time gathering the proceedings of the Symposium organised last July.  The title of this publication is “The Turkish Raid of 1614”.MAR_0029The 104 page book includes eight chapters in all and is printed in full colour on art paper.  Giulia Privitelli presents the research which she carried out through different archives when she tried to unveil the true story of the Turkish raid. Charles Debono gives an historical account on what happened after the Turks left Marsascala Bay and how they have landed at Mellieha before sailing to North Africa.  Sandro Debono shares the information which he gathered on three altar paintings which somehow are related to this historical event.  Dr Anton Bugeja presents his research about Clement Tabone which is thought to have been one of the local heroes during the assault against the Turks at Buleben.

Fiona Vella shares her thoughts and writings about the folkloristic myths gathered around the story of this last raid.  Godwin Vella analises the impact of frequent raids by the Turks and corsairs on the shaping of the rural community living in the south east of Malta in the early 17th century.  Profs Stanley Fiorini, in a very logical manner, presents his findings on how the people living in the south east of Malta tried to defend themselves from these frequent incursions.  Dr Stephen Spiteri describes how the Hospitaller Order improved the coastal defence of the island after this raid.

You may purchase this publication for the price of €15 form the Wirt iż-Żejtun desk during the festival of Żejt iż-Żejtun to be held on the 27th and 28th September.

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NEWS: The Executive Committee meets Minister Bonnici

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On the 25th June, the Executive Committee of Wirt iż-Żejtun met the Hon Dr Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government.  The meeting was held at the Ministry’s Office in Valletta. During the meeting, the committee presented its … Continue reading

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NEWS: Official Inauguration of St Gregory’s Restoration

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In a windy and a rather cold evening, on Tuesday 22nd April, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, unveiled the restored statue of St. Gregory, situated in the square right in front of the Old Parish Church of St … Continue reading

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NEWS: Restoration of St Gregory’s Statue


DSCN5186The restoration and conservation works on the stone statue of St Gregory, located in the piazza in front of the old parish church, has started today and will be completed within a month’s time.

This is an important statue and has a high artistic value since it is one of the few sculptural works done by the Nazarene Movement in the first half of the 19th Century.

L-istatwa ta' San Girgor fiz-Zejtun_FionaWirt iż-Żejtun has lately launched an appeal for donations from individuals and commercial entities to support the carrying out of this project.  Any one who would like to make a donation can do so by sending a cheque payable to Wirt iż-Żejtun to our postal address: Wirt iż-Żejtun, PO Box 25, Zejtun.  An official receipt will be issued for each and every donation, and benefactors will be duly acknowledge during a ceremony which is going to be held in the evening of the 22nd April 2014.