Sea Tamagotchi

Commissioned by Galway 2020
DATE March to August
LOCATION Galway Galway City, Inis Mór, An Cheathrú Rua | Mayo Achill Island, Béal an Mhuirthead | Sligo Inismurray, Rosses Point | Donegal Árainn Mhór, Gleann Cholm Cille | Scotland Stornoway, Isle of Lewis; Sleat, Isle of Skye
Image Kari Cahill

Sea Tamagotchi: Foclóir Farraige is a linguistic art project that celebrates endangered maritime words and placenames in the coastal regions of Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal , Isle of Lewis and Isle of Skye. In the tradition of the tamagotchi (a handheld digital pet), the public is invited to keep these words alive, nurturing them in the routine of their daily lives.

Irish writer and television programme maker Manchán Magan roams the sea-roads of various regions in the company of a local folklorist, cartographer or linguist, seeking and collecting forgotten placenames and words.

The public discover and circulate these hidden gems by visiting Manchán’s carnival-like stall and playing games.

The project explores Ireland before traveling to Scotland in search of coastal words in Scottish Gaelic.

Sea Tamagotchi culminates in a grand celebratory gathering in Galway for European Day of Languages, where the full dictionary of rediscovered words will be gifted to the world.


Launch March
European Day of Languages Gathering 26 September

Manchán Magan, Emily Robyn Archer

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