Of those who came to the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 835 were successful in gaining entry after long queues.
They each received a word unique to them. They were given the opportunity to print or paint their word on stone, oak-wood or linen as a ritualistic covenant…. 835 words were saved, thousands more await fosterage.
súghóg - stain left by tears
iarmhaireacht - loneliness at cock-crow
dril - drop glancing in the sun
spailp - surprise kiss
Gaeilge Tamagotchi was performed for one night at Ballina Arts Centre, March 18th, 2016. It will take place inDrogheda Arts Centre, 28th April to 1st May. And in theJFK Centre, Washington DC, 1st - 5th June 2016
Most of us have about 12,000 words in our vocabulary.
Shakespeare used 30,000 words in his entire works.
The Irish language has 4,400 different words merely to describe someone; to convey their character, their demeanour, their shape or stature.
They are rarely used now. Many are already dead.Would you be willing to adopt one?
To take on a weakened, endangered term? Mind it, cherish it with your tongue. Slip it into sentences? Name a pet or loved one after it?
designed by Tom de Paor
Drogheda Arts Festival, 28th April - 1st May 2016
Ballina Arts Centre, 18th March 2016