A black, white and gold illustration of fields, with different markings filling them in. The title is in a white patch in the centre in thin, black letters.

Thirty-Two Words for Field: Lost Words of the Irish Landscape

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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

Cathairín – a field with a fairy-dwelling in it

The richness of a language closely tied to the natural landscape offered our ancestors a more magical way of seeing the world. Before we cast old words aside, let us consider the sublime beauty and profound oddness of the ancient tongue that has been spoken on this island for almost 3,000 years.

In Thirty-Two Words for Field, Manchán Magan meditates on these words – and the nuances of a way of life that is disappearing with them.


Irish Book Awards - TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year 2020 - Shortlisted

Author: Manchán Magan

Format: Hardback

Size: 14.2 x 22.2 cm, 386 pages

Publisher: Gill Books

ISBN: 9780717187973

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