Thirty-Two Words for Field

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The Irish language has thirty-two words for field. Among them are geamhar - a field of corn grass; tuar - a field for cattle at night; réidhleán - a field for games or dancing and cathairín - a field with a fairy-dwelling in it. Every word has layers of wisdom and insight encoded in it that allow us delve deeper into the psyche and landscape of this island. The richness of a language closely tied to the natural landscape offered our ancestors a more magical way of seeing the world. Before we lose their unique knowledge, let us consider the sublime beauty and profound oddness of the ancient tongue that has been spoken on this island for over 2,000 years. Author and Irish language lover Manachán Magan meditates on old Irish words and the nuances of a way of life that is vanishing with them. This very readable and interesting book has been described as 'a rip-roaring archaeological exploration of the lyricism, mystery and oddities of the Irish language' (The Irish Times).