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Spreading the Words

3'39"

Read by Aidan O’Sullivan

Ireland has a great biodiversity of fungi but how have the Irish referred to puffballs, stinkhorns and the like over the centuries? This episode explores the Irish names of various kinds of fungi and uncovers their supernatural association.

‘Spreading the Words’ is a series on the histories of Irish words from literature and everyday life written by Sharon Arbuthnot and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and produced in association with the book A History of Ireland in 100 Words and the electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language.

Image courtesy of Notes On Nature.

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