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Post November 22 2008, 9:03 AM
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Posts: 5
Hi - Im just after the correct translation for:
My beautiful mother, Forever in my heart (and dreams....)

I have -

A Mhathair alainn ta mo chroi itigh ionat

and i have no idea how close this is to being correct.

Would really love any asssistance i can get on this

Post November 22 2008, 9:14 AM
Posts: 5730
Well, first, some accents seem to have been lost along the way, and a small misspelling has crept in:

A mháthair álainn, tá mo chroí istigh ionat

It means: My beautiful mother, my heart is within you.

'My beautiful mother' is written the way you would say it if you were talking to her, in what is called 'the vocative'. If that is the way you want it, that's fine. If you talk about her it would be

Mo mháthair álainn

'My heart is within you' is another way of saying 'I love you'. If you want a more literal translation it might be:

I mo chroí (agus i mo thaibhrimh) go deo

other wordings for 'my dreams' could be 'mo bhrionglóidí', 'mo chuid taibhreamh', or 'mo chuid brionglóidí'.
Note that I am only a learner of Irish. Wait for confirmations!
An chéad sagart, ba é sin an chéad bithiúnach a bhuail leis an gcéad amadán. Voltaire

Post November 22 2008, 12:04 PM
Aistritheoir Cíocrach
Posts: 15335
with the corrected spelling as iora_rua gave you, that tends to be more of a romantic thing to say, rather than something you'd say to your mother.

Post November 25 2008, 6:19 AM
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Posts: 5
thankyou both for your help thus far... much appreciated :)

so can i ask how i would write this as if in was talking to her (as opposed to about her) however not romantically (from a daughter to a mother - best friends)?

How would i say this to my mother without it being romantic (english - my beautiful mother, you are forever in my heart)

A mháthair álainn, tá mo chroí istigh ionat

thanks heaps again :)

Post November 28 2008, 23:42 PM
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Posts: 5
Hi - Would love some help on this one, ive had a look back into the history of others' requests for this translation and have four options? Not sure which one to use?
I would like to get a tatoo for my mother (to her) to read:
my beautiful mother, forever in my heart

this is what i have so far -

A mháthair álainn, Go síoraí i mo chroí

A mháthair álainn, I mo chroí choíche

A mháthair álainn , i gcónaí i mo chroí

A mháthair álainn , I mo chroí go deo

Can anyone help on clarifying this one please?

Post November 28 2008, 23:52 PM
Anseo again
Posts: 15
A mháthair álainn , I mo chroí go deo

Post November 29 2008, 0:01 AM
Ard-Banríon na Ráiméise
Posts: 57599
Níamh17 wrote:A mháthair álainn , I mo chroí go deo

Yes, but the "i" needs to be lowercase, since this is one sentence:

A máthair álainn, i mo chroí go deo


Post December 02 2008, 8:32 AM
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Posts: 5
thanks heaps Níamh17 and redwolf for your replies, greatly appreciated

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