To kick off our new series no better man to have then the wise monk himself – Manchán Magan. And guess what, it was in person! Whoop! Genuinely what a treat, and you can really tell!
His name, Manchán, literally means ‘little monk’ and if you were to meet him, there really is no better fitting name – Even how he holds himself has an air of soft wise intellect.
We began thinking we were going to dive deep into the Irish language and all its nuances but wow did we get so so much more.
Manchán, is the type of person who will keep even the most highly strung business person on edge listening!! We navigate through this conversation from his time on the TG4 travel show taking him to all kinds of weird and wonderful tribes, to mingling with “The Screamists” (a cult who literally spend their time whaling and screaming), to mysterious forgotten histories, and his adventure to beat the mortgage ladder and find 10 acres for 10 grand.
Manchán is a writer, a poet and a deep thinker. His latest book 32 words for a field, has instilled in us a whole new passion for the Irish language. Give him 5 minutes of your time and I swear you’ll be downloading Duolingo beginner Irish!
According to Manchán the Irish language not only holds the secrets to the best places to find fish in the Irish countryside, or how to predict the weather, but also how to really connect. To connect us to this earth, to the people and inevitably to sustainable living.
A really wonderful episode from a phenomenal character.
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