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
- Reidhlean - a field for games or dancing
- Cathairin - 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, Manchan Magan meditates on these words - and the nuances of a way of life that is disappearing with them.
RTÉ Guide Review: "Reviewed: Thirty Two Words for Field by Manchán Magan" "There is a ready market for the works of the late Tim Robinson or the very much still with us Robert MacFarlane, along with a number of illustrious others who continue to till the land to see with wonder what it yields. Manchán Magan is at least the equal of such writers in levels of meticulous scrutiny and general understanding of what is in essence a difficult subject” Paddy Kehoe, RTÉ Guide, 12 Sept 2020.